RUSTON — Raheem Appleby scored 16 points and No. 25 Louisiana Tech extended the nation’s longest winning streak to 18 games Saturday night, clinching at least a share of its first Western Athletic Conference championship with an 88-61 men’s college basketball victory over San Jose State.
Alex Hamilton and Jaron Johnson added 13 points apiece for the Bulldogs (26-3, 16-0 WAC).
Xavier Jones led San Jose State (9-18, 3-13) with 14 points; D.J. Brown and Chris Cunningham each had 10.
Louisiana Tech hit seven 3-pointers in the first half and used a 16-4 run to go ahead 29-12 en route to a 45-26 halftime lead. The Bulldogs held San Jose State to 33 percent shooting from the field in the opening 20 minutes and forced 12 turnovers.
SAM HOUSTON STATE 54, SOUTHEASTERN LOUISIANA 45: In Huntsville, Texas, James Thomas scored 15 points and Sam Houston State never trailed.
Thomas was 7 of 14 from the floor for the Bearkats (15-14, 8-8), who moved into a tie with Southeastern Louisiana for fourth place in the Southland Conference standings. Each team has two regular-season games remaining.
Brandon Fortenberry scored 22 points for the Lions (10-17, 8-8) but didn’t get much help. Fortenberry was 9-of-18 from the field, including three 3-pointers; his teammates were a combined 9-of-32.
Sam Houston State dominated the glass, outrebounding Southeastern Louisiana 39-25, and won despite committing 17 turnovers.
ULL 71, ULM 63: In Monroe, Shawn Long recorded his 17th double-double of the season to lead Louisiana-Lafayette over Louisiana-Monroe in the Sun Belt Conference.
Long scored 17 points and took 10 rebounds. Bryant Mbamalu and Alan-Michael Thompson each scored 13 for ULL (12-19, 8-12).
Amos Olatayo scored 21 points for ULM (4-22, 3-17),.
Tulsa 78, Tulane 66: In Tulsa, Okla., Scottie Haralson scored 13 of his team-high 16 points in the second half, helping Tulsa overcome a 20-point halftime deficit.
Tulsa (15-13, 7-7 Conference USA) also got 12 points each from James Woodard, Pat Swilling Jr. and Rashad Ray.
Josh Davis had 16 points and eight rebounds for Tulane (18-11, 6-8). Ricky Tarrant also scored 16, and Jordan Callahan had 11.
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 68, Nicholls State 64: In Corpus Christi, Texas, Will Nelson scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (6-21, 5-11 Southland).
Fred Hunter led Nicholls State (8-19, 7-9) with 25 points, nine rebounds and three steals. Dantrell Thomas scored 12 points.
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