Louisiana Tech vs Utah State

Louisiana Tech 72, Utah St. 70

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Freshman Raheem Appleby scored seven straight points for Louisiana Tech late in the second half, and the Bulldogs held on for a 72-70 win over Utah State on Thursday night in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals after nearly blowing a 10-point lead with four minutes to go.

Appleby, the Bulldogs leading scorer for the season, finished with 13 points as No. 5 seed Louisiana Tech avenged two losses during the regular season to the Aggies and advanced to the semifinals where they will face regular season champion Nevada on Friday night.

Trevor Gaskins and Romario Souza led the Bulldogs with 16 points each.

Appleby and his teammates were on target from deep, hitting 8 of 17 3-point attempts after making just 32 percent during the regular season. But La Tech (17-15) was outscored 11-3 over the final four minutes as Utah State had multiple chances to tie in the final 90 seconds but couldn't pull even. Utah State failed to get a final shot off after Gaskins missed his second free throw with 4.1 seconds remaining.

Danny Berger led Utah State (17-15) with 17 points.

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Scoreboard
Louisiana Tech (17-15) «353772
Utah State (17-15)323870

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Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
R. Souza, C287-102-470316
T. Gaskins, G365-105-815216
K. Smith, G352-30-01436
R. Appleby, G305-71-221013
B. Gibson, G306-120-072513
C. Johnson202-52-20018
K. McNeaill90-20-00000
J. Lewis80-10-02030
M. Kyser40-10-01010
Totals 27-5110-1623121872
 52.9%62.5% 
Utah State Aggies
K. Reed, F221-55-64047
M. Grim, F151-32-24034
M. Bruneel, F120-22-23012
P. Medlin, G381-74-55826
B. Pane, G356-131-203013
D. Berger285-74-450317
B. Clifford235-51-261312
J. Stone213-43-45029
E. Farris40-10-00000
A. Thoseby20-10-00100
Totals 22-4822-2734131870
 45.8%81.5% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339

Big West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UC Irvine12-421-15133
UC Davis11-523-13166
CSFullerton10-617-15269
LBSU9-715-19213
Hawaii8-814-16299
CSNorthridge 7-911-19313
Cal Poly6-1011-20296
UC Riverside5-117-21330
UCSB4-126-22324
 
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