CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Raheem Appleby scored 21 points as Louisiana Tech netted the first 12 points of the second half and went on to defeat Southeast Missouri State 67-63 in a nonconference men’s basketball game Monday.

Appleby got the run started for the Bulldogs (3-1) with a pair of jumpers. After Cordarius Johnson made two free throws, Michale Kyser rebounded a missed 3-pointer by Appleby and dunked for a seven-point lead.

Brandon Gibson added a pair of layups, the second after a steal by Kenneth Smith, and Louisiana Tech led 43-32 with 14:47 remaining.

The Redhawks (3-2) got within three points three times the rest of the way, but never closer.

The Bulldogs have won three straight since dropping their season opener to Texas A&M and will go for the CBE Hall of Fame Classic three-game sweep Tuesday night against host Chattanooga.

“It feels good to grind one out when you didn’t necessarily play great, but the part of us not playing great had a lot to do with SEMO,” Louisiana Tech coach Michael White said. “Their matchup zone is pretty good and confused us at times. We settled in and hit a couple of late shots to secure a victory.”

Johnson contributed 15 points and Gibson 12 for Louisiana Tech.

Tyler Stone scored 17 points with 14 rebounds and Corey Wilford scored 16 points for Southeast Missouri State.

Houston 106, Louisiana College 59: In Houston, TaShawn Thomas had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Houston.

The Cougars, who are off to their first 4-0 start since 1997-98, also got 17 points from Jherrod Stiggers, 14 from Joseph Young, 12 from Danuel House and 10 each from Leon Gibson and Brandon Morris.

Houston led 55-26 at halftime and hit the century mark when J.J. Thompson hit a jumper with 3:05 remaining.

Louisiana College, a Division III school that considered this an exhibition game, committed 30 turnovers and shot just 32 percent from the floor. Romanaski Williams and Anthony Gaines Jr. each had 12 points for the Wildcats.

Houston shot 51 percent from the floor and could have scored even more if not for a 21-for-39 shooting performance from the free-throw line.


NICHOLLS STATE 71, ULL 62: In Thibodaux, Alisha Allen had 28 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nicholls State over Louisiana-Lafayette at Stopher Gym.

Former St. Michael star KK Babin added 12 points and five assists for Nicholls (4-1), and freshman Emani White scored 11 points.

Keke Veal scored 19 points to lead four ULL players in double figures. Ashley Benjamin scored 14 points, Byronesha Santiago had 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Kia Wilridge scored 12 points.

After ULL tied the game at 26-26 with 3:38 left in the first half, the Colonels used a 10-2 run to end the first half with a 36-28 lead.