ATLANTA -- Raheem Appleby scored 34 points as Louisiana Tech defeated Georgia State, 86-68, Friday at the GSU Sports Arena.
R.J. Hunter scored 23 points and Manny Atkins and Devonta White added 13 each to lead Georgia State, which dropped to 3-4 on the season. Louisiana Tech won its seventh straight game to improve to 7-1.
The Panthers played before a season-high crowd of 2,105 at the Sports Arena but could not find their shooting touch, managing to hit just 35 percent from the field. Meanwhile Louisiana Tech connected on 54 percent, including 14-for-19 by Appleby. The Bulldogs also held the rebounding advantage at 45-36.
Georgia State took an early 14-7 lead before the Bulldogs used a 7-1 run to move ahead 21-15 and then never trailed again. Louisiana Tech led 44-30 at the half.
Also in double figures for the Bulldogs were Kenneth Smith with 15 points and Cordarius Johnson with 14.
Georgia State travels to Liberty on Sunday for a 3 p.m. game.
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