Louisiana Tech tops Louisiana-Monroe 69-57

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RUSTON, La. (AP)—Magnum Rolle had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech past Louisiana-Monroe 69-57 on Wednesday night.

As the schools, separated by only 30 miles, renewed their rivalry after an 18-year hiatus, the Bulldogs (4-4) jumped out to a 15-4 lead in the first six minutes.

The Warhawks (2-5) used a 9-2 run in the final four minutes of the half to trail 32-29 at halftime.

Louisiana Tech had a nine-point lead in the second half, but Louisiana-Monroe pulled within one point, 52-51, with just over six minutes remaining. The Warhawks then made only 2 of 12 shots to close out the game.

Kyle Gibson added 16 points for the Bulldogs and Kenneth Cooper had 13 points and seven rebounds.

Lawrence Gilbert, a Miami transfer playing in his first game for Louisiana-Monroe, scored 14 points. Malcolm Thomas added 11 and Rudy Turner had 10.

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 Top Performers
 LA Monroe
Rudy Turner Rudy Turner
5-6,  10 Pts
5 Rebs, 0 Assists
 Louisiana Tech
Magnum Rolle Magnum Rolle
7-10,  19 Pts
8 Rebs, 2 Assists

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