RUSTON, La. (AP) - Cordarius Johnson scored 19 points and Louisiana Tech held off a late rally to defeat McNeese State 60-58 on Wednesday night.
The score was tied nine times and neither team led by more than five points in the first half.
Louisiana Tech grabbed its biggest lead at 56-43 with 7:29 remaining in the game before the Cowboys made a final push. The Bulldogs led 60-51 after a basket by Johnson with 4:56 to play but McNeese State scored the final seven points to pull to within two.
The Bulldogs (5-5) dominated the game close to the basket, outscoring the Cowboys 30-16 in the paint.
Patrick Richard had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Adrian Fields added 11 points for the Cowboys (4-5), who have lost three of their past four and have been held to fewer than 60 points in each of those losses.