Louisiana Tech (6-1) outscored Southeast Louisiana 69-34 in the second half while shooting 75 percent (24 of 32) from the field.
Michale Kyser scored 12 for the Bulldogs, who have won six in a row.
The Lions were tied at 6-all when they went on a 14-2 run to take a 22-8 lead on two free throws by Fortenberry with 6:45 left in the half. The Bulldogs fought back, however, and managed a 30-28 lead at halftime with Johnson scoring seven points in the run and Appleby making a 3-pointer with 26 seconds left.
The Bulldogs opened the second half on an 11-0 run and pulled away from there.
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.
|Stephen F. Austin||18-0||-||28-6|
|Sam Houston State||12-6||6||18-16|
|Texas San Antonio||3-15||13||5-27|