TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After shooting only 26 percent from the field in the first half, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs scorched the nets and the Florida State Seminoles’ defense over the final 20 minutes in a 71-66 first-round National Invitational Tournament win at the Donald L. Tucker Center Tuesday night.
With the win, Tech (27-6) advances to play the winner of Southern Miss and Charleston Southern in a game that will be played tonight in Hattiesburg.
The victory was the program’s first in the NIT since defeating Vanderbilt in the second round in 2002 in Ruston.
The seeds of self-confidence Kevin Mawae says he needed to become one of the top NFL centers of modern times were planted by Kenny Ferro.
Ferro, a 65-year-old New Orleans native who now is a special education teacher in Kilgore, Texas, coached for more than 30 years in high schools in Louisiana and Texas and at the college level at Nicholls State, LSU and Tulane. He was Mawae’s offensive line coach in his first two years at LSU.