Crawford double double highlights Bulldogs win

Former Simsboro star Jordan Crawford had 13 points and 12 assists in the Bulldogs win. (photo by Josh McDaniel)

Courtesy of LA Tech Athletic Communications

Former Simsboro High School star Jordan Crawford scored 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to record his first career collegiate double double to lead Louisiana Tech to a 108-52 win over Jarvis Christian Wednesday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center.

LA Tech (7-5) took out its frustration of losing three straight on JCU (3-7), exploding for 59 first-half points and then cruising in the second half to a triple-digit total that was the most scored by the program since 2017.

“I thought we played together today,” said Tech head coach Talvin Hester. ” We had 23 assists, rebounded half of our misses.  We got better the second half defensively.  Really excited about the way we played.  Great way to go into Christmas break.”

“We really moved the basketball, which I thought was a direct correlation to us making shots.  Instead of trying to make baskets on our own, we shared the basketball, got to the paint and sprayed it out.  The other day at UTEP, we tried too much of trying to score on our own.  We have to play better together.”

The separation started to happen four minutes into the game as Jordan Crawford made a driving layup to go up 11-7, becoming the last of the five starters to already sink a field goal. 

It ended up being an 11-0 run, making it a 20-7 lead.  That 13-point advantage was still there with 5:55 to play in the first half.  But then Dravon Mangum got hot, connecting on three three-pointers over the next two minutes to help extend the lead for the home Bulldogs. 

LA Tech ended the half on a 24-5 run to give it a 59-27 edge at the midway point.  The point different continued to grow in the second half as the home team clamped down even more so defensively, holding Jarvis Christian to just 26 percent shooting over the final 20 minutes.

All nine Bulldogs suited up got in on the scoring action with five of them reaching double-digit points.  Mangum led the way with a career-high 22 points (19 coming in the first half) followed by Isaiah Crawford with 20, Terran Williams with 15, Keaston Willis with 10..

Tory Cargo and Jamari Robertson anchored the visiting Bulldogs with 11 and 10 points, respectively.  

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