This item originally appeared in the December 9, 2004 issue of The Tech Talk.
By Josh Milton
After the Bulldogs dismantled the University of Texas-San Antonio 73-64 at the Thomas Assembly Center last Saturday, Tech looks to stop the Roadrunners again in a rematch at UTSA's Convocation Center Sunday at 4:30 p.m.
Tech's senior guard Corey Dean led four double-digit scores with 17 points in the Bulldogs' first game against UTSA. Daevon Haskins scored 14 points, and Donell Allick and Paul Millsap both registered 12 points.
While the Bulldogs (2-3) clicked offensively and hit 48 percent of their shots from the field, Tech's head coach Keith Richard credits the defense for the win against UTSA (3-2), as the Bulldogs forced 23 turnovers.
"Our defense played well and pressured the ball up top to force turnovers, but it also allowed dribbled penetration and San Antonio to win the rebounding battle," Richard said. "We picked our poison and won at home. Now we'll see about an adjustment for the road."
However, Richard said the Bulldogs must improve in their post game to establish a rhythm offensively.
"We need to establish our post game earlier in this game, even though we still have to make some outside shots," Richard said. "Our post players didn't post hard enough, which we'll have to do better. Then we can go back outside and hit open shots."
The post player Richard is referring to most is Paul Millsap, who won last year's Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year award and NCAA rebounding title. Paul Millsap is averaging 20.6 points and 13.4 rebounds per game through the contest with UTSA and will have another head-to-head bout with older brother John Millsap, who scored 16 points with seven rebounds in last Saturday's match up.
"John played harder than Paul in the first game," Richard said. "John played with more energy and was quicker to the ball, but I expect Paul to play harder in this next game. He's established himself as our best player, and with that comes accountability and responsibility to play hard every night."
John Millsap leads UTSA in scoring with 12.8 points per game. Ray Selvage pitches in 11 points per game, and Andre Owens records 10.4 to lead the Roadrunners' offense.
The Bulldogs hope to pick up another win against UTSA, but Richard knows the upcoming contest will be even tougher than the first since it is at San Antonio.
"The key to this game will be how each team makes adjustments from our first game," Richard said. "Obviously, our defense played well and forced them into a lot of turnovers, but they got 21 offensive rebounds on us. "
Both teams did things well against the other team, and both teams have some things to work on. How well each team makes adjustments will determine the outcome of this game."
After Tech's match at San Antonio, the Bulldogs return home for a contest against McNeese State University on Dec. 18 at 3 p.m.