RUSTON, La. — Brockeith Pane scored a season-high 24 points and Utah State overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to defeat Louisiana Tech 69-65 Saturday night and post its second road victory of the season.
Tech opened the game with three consecutive three-pointers to take a 9-0 lead and eventually pushed the advantage to double-digits at 20-8 on a 3-point basket by Cordarius Johnson at the 13:12 mark of the first half.
Down 31-29 at the break, the Aggies (10-8, 2-2 Western Athletic Conference) opened the second half with a 12-0 run. The Bulldogs responded to that run with a 10-0 run of their own and eventually regained the lead briefly at 51-50. Utah State answered that challenge with an 11-2 spree.
After Louisiana Tech (8-10, 0-3) closed to 66-64 with 39 seconds remaining on a Kenyon McNeaill 3-pointer, the Aggies hit 3 of 4 free throws, sending the Bulldogs to their fourth straight loss.
Preston Medlin and Kyisean Reed added 11 apiece for Utah State.
The Bulldogs hit six of their first seven 3-pointers to build a 20-8 lead, and finished 12 of 29 from long range, compared to 2 of 9 for the Aggies. Utah State shot 49.1 percent (26 of 53) for the game including 52 percent (13 of 25) in the second half.
McNeaill scored a season-high 19 points for Louisiana Tech.