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, who achieved his career high. The Bulldogs also held the rebounding advantage at 45-36.
“We just got beat by a very good Louisiana Tech team tonight,” commented head coach Ron Hunter. “Our young team is not ready to play against experienced teams like that.
“The total record of the teams we have lost to this year is 22-2. I wanted to test our guys early this season and we have definitely done that. The good thing is that we are learning from these games and will continue to get better.
Hunter finished the game 9-of-19 from the floor, pulling down seven rebounds and tying a career-high with four steals.
Atkins just missed a double-double for the Panthers, pulling down nine rebounds in a team-high 33 minutes of action, while White added four steals.
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.
The Bulldogs pushed the lead to as many as 28 points with 14:57 remaining in the game, but Georgia State never gave up, cutting it to the 18-point final.
Redshirt-sophomore Cameron Solomon came off the bench to score seven points in six minutes for Georgia State, while junior Rashaad Richardson chipped in six with a pair of three-pointers.
Also in double figures for the Bulldogs were Kenneth Smith with 15 points and Cordarius Johnson with 14.
Georgia State finished with a season-high 14 steals and forced 19 Bulldog turnovers.
Georgia State will take to the road to face Liberty on Sunday at 3 p.m. in Lynchburg, Va. The game will be televised live on MASN2-HD. GSU will return home to face Southern Poly on Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.