March 20, 2013
Louisiana Tech at Florida State March 19, 2013 Game Notes
With the 71-66 win, Louisiana Tech now leads the all-time series over Florida State 1-0. The two teams had never met before on the court.
LA Tech improved to 27-6 on the season, the second most wins in Bulldog history.
Florida State fell to 18-16 on the season.
It was only the second win ever against a current ACC opponent for LA Tech. The other was versus Virginia Tech during the 1958-59 season.
LA Tech is now 8-6 all-time in NIT games. It is the first NIT win since 2001-02 when the Bulldogs advanced to the second round after defeating ULL in the opening round and Vanderbilt in the first round.
The Bulldogs advance to the second round of the NIT for only the fourth time in school history.
Raheem Appleby scored 27 points. It was the eighth time this season he has scored at least 20 in a game and the 13th time of his career. The 27 points also tied for the third most by a Bulldog player in an NIT game.
Raheem Appleby's 19 field goals attempts were the most attempts by a Bulldog in an NIT game.
Raheem Appleby's 12 made field goals tied for the most by a Bulldog in an NIT game.
Kenneth Smith had two steals on the night giving him 56 on the season, tied for fifth most in a single season.
Brandon Gibson had a game-high eight rebounds in just 19 minutes of action. It was the third time this season he led the team in rebounding in a game.
The Bulldogs had 14 steals, the second most this season in a single game. It was also the most steals ever by a Bulldog team in an NIT game.
The Bulldogs only scored 24 points in the first half on 25.8 percent shooting, but they scored 47 points in the second half on 65.5 percent shooting.
The LA Tech bench outscored Florida State's bench 17 to 16. It marks the 24th straight game the Bulldog bench has outscored their opponents bench.
LA Tech led 58-56 with five minutes to play in the game. The Bulldogs are now a perfect 25-0 on the season when leading with five minutes to play.
After the five point win, the Bulldogs are now a perfect 6-0 when the scoring margin is five points or less.