Louisiana Tech 72, Utah St. 70

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.