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Bulldogs outlast FSU, 71-66

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Photo by MIKE OLIVELLA- Louisiana Tech University’s Raheem Appleby (with basketball) leaps for a short field goal during first half action in the Bulldogs’ 71-66 first-round National Invitational Tournament victory at Florida State Tuesday night. Forward Okaro White (10) readies to rebound for the Seminoles.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After shooting only 26 percent from the field in the first half, the Louisiana Tech University Bulldogs scorched the nets and the Florida State Seminoles’ defense over the final 20 minutes in a 71-66 first-round National Invitational Tournament win at the Donald L. Tucker Center Tuesday night.

With the win, Tech (27-6) advances to play the winner of Southern Miss and Charleston Southern in a game that will be played tonight in Hattiesburg.

The victory was the program’s first in the NIT since defeating Vanderbilt in the second round in 2002 in Ruston.

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