RUSTON, La. -- Cordarius Johnson scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Louisiana Tech past Louisiana-Monroe Saturday night 68-52 in nonconference action.
Raheem Appleby added 18 points for Louisiana Tech.
Tied at 26 with three minutes left in the first half, the Bulldogs (5-1) finished out the half on a 10-2 run.
Johnson and Appleby scored 13 points apiece in the first half to help Louisiana Tech lead at halftime 36-28.
The Bulldogs looked to put the game away with a 21-8 run to begin the second half, pushing the lead to 57-36 with nine minutes to play.
Louisiana-Monroe (0-2) answered with a 15-6 run cutting the lead to 12, but that was the closest the Warhawks would get. Louisiana Tech outscored Louisiana-Monroe 5-1 over the last 4 minutes to seal the victory.
Trent Mackey came off the bench to lead the Warhawks with 17 points.
There's nothing to suggest the Jayhawks won't end up atop the Big 12 for a 13th season in a row. But what about a return to the Final Four?
Colorado State graduate transfer John Gillon has chosen Syracuse, giving the Orange a potential starter at point guard entering the 2016-17 season.
DeSean Murray, who averaged 20.2 points as a sophomore at Presbyterian, will transfer to Auburn to play for coach Bruce Pearl.
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