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This item originally appeared in the January 13, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.

By KYLE ROBERTS

Associate Sports Editor

Home sweet home. Or is it?

After a long stretch on the road, the Bulldogs (6-7, 1-3 WAC) finally returned home to the Thomas Assembly Center on Thursday, Jan. 6, only to lose 64-56 to the University of Nevada Wolf Pack and follow two days later with a loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs 60-58.

"I really felt like after our first 11 games, with nine of them on the road, that coming out of that stretch with a 1-1 conference record had us in really good shape to come home and make a good stand," Tech's head coach Keith Richard said.

"This led us into the Nevada and Fresno State games, which turned out to be very disappointing losses at home."

Tech kept the game close against their rival Bulldogs, but a 29.7 field goal shooting percentage compared to Fresno State's 41.1 kept them out of the winner's circle.

Junior point guard Daevon Haskins led the team with 14 points, while sophomore Paul Millsap posted another double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Two nights earlier, the Wolf Pack's sophomore Nick Fazekas had a career night with 21 points and a career-high 18 rebounds.

Senior forward Wayne Powell led Tech with 15 points and six rebounds, while Millsap added 13 points and nine rebounds.

Senior guard Corey Dean chipped in 11 points.

"I thought for the most part that our energy and effort were very good for both games, but our offensive struggles continued and have plagued us all year long," Richard said.

"We're in a situation now that we have to keep plugging away to try to find the answers and give ourselves a chance to win games. That's our focal point right now, to find the right pieces to the puzzle in the area we need offensively."

The Bulldogs' road trip ended with a losing effort to the Rice University Owls on New Year's Day at Autry Court 78-57 in Houston that ended Tech's three-game winning streak.

Tech's 23 turnovers proved too many, as the Owls out-rebounded the Bulldogs 37-23.

Millsap led the team with 14 points and eight rebounds. Senior guard Barry Thompson and Dean added 11 points each.

On Dec. 30, the Bulldogs traveled to play the University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane in a winning effort by a score of 58-52 in the Donald Reynolds Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Millsap and Powell both ended the night with double-doubles. Millsap had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and Powell recorded 15 points and 10 boards.

Nine days prior, the Bulldogs shocked the Memphis Tigers 64-55 in the FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tenn., after trailing 28-16 at halftime and having shot 12.9 percent.

The Bulldogs exploded on offense after halftime and scored 48 second half points to secure the win.

Millsap ended the night with 19 points and 15 rebounds while senior guard Donell Allick finished with 14 points, and junior guard Eric Woods had 10 points.


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