This item originally appeared in the February 3, 2005 issue of The Tech Talk.
By KYLE ROBERTS
Associate Sports Editor
The winning streak continued for the Bulldogs this past week as Tech rolled over the Boise State University Broncos 93-60 Thursday night and upset the top-ranked Western Athletic Conference team in the University of Texas-El Paso Miners 80-65.
"Last week was probably our best week of the year," Tech's head coach Keith Richard said. "It couldn't have come at a better time for our team. This team has been through a lot of peaks and valleys, and they really needed some significant wins to help them get to the second half of conference play. These wins at home, capped off by the UTEP win, were a great way to get to the midway point of league play."
After trailing 31-29 at halftime against the Miners, the Bulldogs exploded on offense to score 51 second half points to secure the victory.
Senior guard Donell Allick tied his career high in scoring with 23 points, while junior guard Daevon Haskins added 14 points.
"Our guards are making shots and making plays," Richard said. "If you look over the last two games, Daevon, our point guard, has been in double figures. Donell has been in double figures in both games. [Senior guard] Corey Dean makes the big three pointer late in the game against UTEP. I've said all along that college basketball is about guard play in order to be really good."
Sophomore forward Paul Millsap recorded another double double with 20 points and 16 rebounds, while senior forward Wayne Powell added 17 points and five rebounds.
"Obviously, we have a great player in Paul inside, and Wayne has also become a pretty good post player in this league," Richard said. "But we still have to have really good guard play to win games. You have to have guards that can score and make the big shots, and that's an area that in the past week has really stood out. It's a real compliment to those guys that they came through when we needed them, and hopefully, they can put more games like that together for the rest of the year."
Tech hosted the Broncos last Thursday night and scored 93 points, the most points in a single game since the 2002-03 season for Tech.
The 'Dawgs led 35-18 at halftime and never looked back by scoring 58 second half points.
Powell and Millsap both finished with 20 points, while pulling down 15 and eight rebounds, respectively.
Haskins finished with a career-high 19 points and grabbed a career-high six steals while adding five rebounds and four assists.
Allick chipped in with 18 points.
Richard also said one of the reasons the Bulldogs are having so much success is the play of Haskins, who is currently leading the WAC in steals with 2.2 per game and second in assists with 5.5 per game.
"The thing about Daevon is that he plays hard every game," Richard said. "I never walk out of the gym and think that Daevon didn't play hard. The difference in him and other players is most guys like to play, while good ones like Daevon like to compete. That carries over to the defensive end of the floor. He's a tough kid, whose motor is always running on high."
Richard also said while his team's quest for an identity is drawing to a close, the team needs to continue playing the way they have in the past four games to remain successful.
"Number one, we need to continue to play tough defense and rebound the basketball," Richard said. "The second thing is that we need balanced scoring. Three out of the last four games we've had four guys in double figures, and before these last four games we had four guys in double figures only four times all year. Balanced scoring needs to be our identity. We have to pass the ball to one another, which is something we've been doing well within the last week."
The Bulldogs return to the road tonight against the Fresno State University Bulldogs and Saturday against the University of Nevada Wolf Pack, two teams the Bulldogs lost to at home earlier in the season.