Louisiana Tech 73, New Mexico St. 71 OT
RUSTON, La. (AP)—Trey McDowell’s career-high 33 points propelled Louisiana Tech past New Mexico State in a 73-71 overtime Western Athletic Conference game on Wednesday night.
McDowell, a senior, connected on 14-of-26 shooting from the field, including four 3-pointers. He added six rebounds and six steals for the Bulldogs (5-12, 3-2 WAC)
Tech’s victory snapped New Mexico State’s 13-game winning streak.
After the Aggies took a 7-0 lead, Tech’s Chad McKenzie connected on a 3-point play with 16:12 on the clock to get the Bulldogs’ first points of the night.
The Aggies (14-4, 4-1) answered with a basket on the ensuing possession, but Drew Washington hit a jumper to bring Tech within four, 9-5. Tech tied the game at 17-17 on a 3-pointer from McDowell, but the Aggies wasted no time getting a three of their own at the 11:26 mark to take a 20-17 lead. The basket sparked a 7-0 Aggies run before Tech scored again to make it 24-19.
With 8:13 left in the first half, Tech cut the deficit to 26-25. New Mexico State followed with 12 unaswered points and extended the lead to 38-25.
The Aggies took a 40-28 lead at the half.
The Bulldogs opened the second half with an 8-2 run, but still trailed 42-36. Over the next seven minutes, Tech scraped their way back into the game, and with 7:22 left, McDowell connected on a lay-up to pull them within three at 52-49. A pair of 3-pointers from McDowell down the stretch helped tie the game at 65-65 to send the game into overtime, and it was McDowell who sealed the win with 13 seconds left on the clock.
Harry Disy joined McDowell in double figures, getting 12 while Washington and Jerome Richardson each finished with 10.
Tyrone Nelson led the Aggies with 18 points, while Justin Hawkins and Hatila Passos each added 14.