RUSTON, La. -- Raheem Appleby scored eight of his 12 points in the first half as Louisiana Tech defeated Denver 68-60 Saturday night in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.
Louisiana Tech took the lead at 6-4 and never relinquished it as the Pioneers have yet to win a road game.
Ahead 32-26 at halftime, the Bulldogs expanded their cushion to 47-37 with 12:04 left.
Denver (4-7) could get no closer than six, the last time at 58-52 with 6:50 to go. Louisiana Tech ended the threat with five straight points.
Royce O'Neale led Denver with 18 points. The Pioneers came in leading the conference with a 75.2-percent free-throw percentage (100 of 133), but made 10 of 17 (58.8 percent), 5 of 10 in the second half.
With the Suns drafting Tyler Ulis, they now have Five guards on their roster who attended Kentucky.
NBA fans will be looking forward to their newest players making plays like this next season.
Tim Legler and Brad Daugherty analyze Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram, the top two picks in the NBA draft, and agree that Simmons will have a more immediate impact.
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