Utah State turns away Louisiana Tech 77-63

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Preston Medlin scored 22 points and Kyisean Reed added 20 points and a game-high nine rebounds as Utah State topped Louisiana Tech 77-63 Thursday night. Seventeen of Reed’s points came in the second half for the Aggies (13-12, 5-5 Western Athletic). The visiting Bulldogs (11-13, 3-6) were led by Brandon Gibson and Raheem Apppleby, who each scored 15. The Bulldogs were within striking distance of the Aggies early in the second half at 49-43 when Utah State went on a 16-6 run. Utah State led by as many as 16 before the Bulldogs worked it back to 69-63 with 2:05 to play. The Aggies had two consecutive turnovers and Gibson nailed a 3-pointer. But Medlin would score four of Utah State’s eight points in the final two minutes to seal the win. In a run-and-gun first half, Louisiana Tech scored its first four field goals from beyond the 3-point line. Utah State also got early shots from long distance, ending the half dropping 5-of-7 3-point attempts, while the Bulldogs shot 5-of-13. Utah State led 35-32 at halftime behind 11 points from Medlin, while Louisiana Tech was paced by Cordarius Johnson, who shot 3-of-4 from the field for eight points. There were seven lead changes and five ties in a first half that featured tight defense by both teams. Medlin shot 9-of-14 from the field in the game, 4-of-6 from the 3-point line, while Reed was 6-of-7 from the field in the second half, all in the paint. The Bulldogs came into the game with the best-scoring bench in the conference, but were outscored by the Aggie bench 16-10. Utah State has beaten Louisiana Tech six straight times, including a 69-65 win on Jan. 14 in Ruston, La., and 13 of 16 contests since the teams joined the WAC.

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