RUSTON, La. -- Jaron Johnson scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Louisiana Tech crushed FIU 85-51 on Saturday night.
Louisiana Tech (14-3, 2-0 Conference USA) led 42-24 at intermission, mostly due to the Bulldogs 19 trips to the foul line while FIU attempted just seven.
FIU (9-8, 1-1) also lost the rebounding battle, allowing Louisiana Tech 11 first half offensive rebounds and grabbing only five on their end. The Bulldogs entered the game ranked 12th in Division I rebounding, averaging 41.6 per game.
Things got worse for FIU in the second frame as Tech inched further ahead and led 62-35 midway through when Jaron Johnson dunked the ball on a feed by Kenneth Smith. It was Johnsons third inside the paint basket in just over a minute.
FIU had no answer for Tech's dominance inside and suffered a 34 point loss.
Tymell Murphy led FIU with 13 points and nine rebounds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to College Park for his junior season.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
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