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No. 25 Louisiana Tech downs San Jose State for 18th-straight win

Ruston, LA (Sports Network) - Raheem Appleby scored 16 points and Alex Hamilton added 13 points and five rebounds to lead 25th-ranked Louisiana Tech to an 88-61 win over San Jose State on Saturday.

Jaron Johnson added 13 points and Brandon Gibson finished with 12 for the Bulldogs (26-3, 16-0 WAC), who extended the nation's longest active winning streak to 18 games.

Akron, which had won 19-straight games entering play on Saturday, fell at Buffalo, 81-67.

With the win, the Bulldogs secured at least a share of their first regular- season conference title in 14 years. Louisiana Tech currently holds a two- game edge over Denver in the WAC standings and can lock up an outright title with a win over New Mexico State on March 7. The Bulldogs will close their regular season at Denver on March 9.

"It was a good win for us. We finished one of our preseason goals that we set out to accomplish in September and that was to finish undefeated at home. It feels really good to finish that task," Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White said. "Obviously, winning a regular season championship -- even a share of it -- is something that we set out to do for months. It is exciting but there is still a lot left to play for next week."

Xavier Jones scored 14 points, while Chris Cunningham and D.J. Brown added 10 points apiece for the Spartans (9-18, 3-13), losers in 12 straight.

"These guys have won a lot of games in a row and deservedly so. They really go after the ball hard. We had too many turnovers in the first half and allowed them to build their lead," San Jose State head coach George Nessman said.

Louisiana Tech raced out to an 18-8 lead and was up 27-12 near the midway point of the first half.

The Bulldogs opened up a 14-8 swing to push their spread to 41-20, and led 45-26 at the break.

Louis Garrett's trey six minutes into the second half pulled San Jose State within 54-37, but Louisiana Tech quickly pushed its spread over 20 at 67-46.

The Spartans couldn't get closer than 17 the rest of the way.

Game Notes

The Bulldogs last conference crown came in the 1998-99 season when they won the Sun Belt ... Louisiana Tech dominated the Spartans inside, outscoring them 36-20 in the paint and outrebounding them 44-34 ... The Bulldogs' bench outscored San Jose State's reserves 43-9 ... The Spartans allowed 24 points off 21 turnovers.

03/03 02:27:05 ET

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
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SFG 1
KAN 3
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
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SMU 10
MEM 48
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ILL 28
MINN 24
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RICE 41
UNT 21
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NEB 42
RUTG 24
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KST 23
TEX 0
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ARK 45
UAB 17
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UVA 27
UNC 28
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NILL 28
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NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
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TOL 42
UMASS 35
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WMICH 42
OHIO 21
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COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
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BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
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PITT 28
GT 56
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SMISS 20
LATU 31
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MSU 35
MICH 11
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KENT 31
MSST 45
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STAN 38
ORST 14
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TCU 82
TTU 27
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OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
 
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MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
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UCF 34
TEMPL 14
 
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WASU 30
ARZ 52
 
3rd
CLEM 3
SYR 6
 
3rd
LAMON 18
TXST 7
 
3rd
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 24
 
3rd
COLST 31
WYO 3
 
Half
LSU 3
MISS 7
 
Half
TENN 10
ALA 27
 
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AUB 21
SCAR 21
 
2nd
PSU 0
OSU 10
 
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
3rd
TOR 0
BOS 3
 
3rd
NYI 4
DAL 4
 
3rd
PHI 3
DET 2
 
3rd
OTT 1
NJD 2
 
3rd
MON 2
NYR 1
 
2nd
STL 1
CHI 1
 
2nd
NAS 0
PIT 1
 
2nd
MIN 5
TAM 1
 
1st
ARI 0
FLA 0
 
10:00pm Tonight
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NCCU 42
SAVST 14