This item originally appeared in the November 4, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By KYLE ROBERTS
Associate Sports Editor
In their opening home exhibition game of the 2004-05 campaign, the Bulldogs held off an offensive onslaught from the Ouachita Baptist University Tigers on Monday night in the Thomas Assembly Center by a final score of 83-76.
"We knew this was going to be a good test for us," head coach Keith Richard said.
"OBU has numerous returning players, and they won 19 games last year. I told the team before the game that we knew they were quick and could shoot the ball."
The Bulldogs shot 44.1 percent from the floor on the night and pulled down a total of 44 rebounds, led by sophomore forward Paul Millsap who pulled down 15 boards and also led Tech in scoring with 23 points.
Senior forward Wayne Powell followed with 16 points, while senior shooting guard Donell Allick and newcomer junior point guard Daevon Haskins both added 11 points.
"I thought the play of Haskins was very encouraging," Richard said. "He's been a great player in the past two weeks of practice. He showed he can really help our team both offensively and defensively."
The Bulldogs were able to work in fresh faces such as Haskins and freshman forward Michael Wilds, who finished with four points.
"I really thought our team played hard for our first exhibition game," Richard said.
"Usually you don't see that type of effort for 40 minutes, but I also saw that we still had things we need to work on. Right now, I feel like our offense is ahead of our defense, but it'll catch up."
Other Bulldogs seeing action were seniors Corey Dean and Barry Thompson and juniors Jeremy Johnston and Eric Woods.
"This game was good for us because OBU is a smaller version of (the University of Louisiana-Lafayette) that we play in a few weeks," Richard said. "To guard that type of quickness was very good for our team tonight."
OBU's senior guard David Mercer led all scorers with 25 points in the contest.
The Bulldogs return to action Monday at 8 p.m. against VASDA in the Thomas Assembly Center.