RUSTON - The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team rallied from 15 down behind Raheem Appleby's 26 points to defeat Arkansas-Little Rock 71-68 Saturday evening in front of 2,321 fans at the Thomas Assembly Center.
The Bulldogs improved to 6-5 on the year while the Trojans fell to 3-9.
Tech trailed by as much as 15 late in the first half as they shot 32.3 percent from the field.
Freshman guards led Tech as both Appleby and Kenneth Smith scored career-highs 26 points and 18 points, respectively. Down 13 with 10:57 remaining in the game,
Tech went on a 20-6 run to pull ahead 63-62 with 2:36 remaining in the game. The run was sparked by Appleby's 18 second-half points, 12 of which came from beyond the arc.
The Trojans had three players reach double-digits; D'Andre Williams with 13 and Will Neighbour and Chuck Guy with 12 apiece.
With the win, the Bulldogs have 22 straight home wins against non-conference opponents.
Louisiana Tech returns to action Tuesday night and host Northeastern to wrap up the homestand with a 7 p.m. tip-off at the Thomas Assembly Center.