Louisiana Tech defeats American 63-44

RUSTON, La. (AP) Raheem Appleby had 16 points, including three 3-pointers to lead Louisiana Tech to a 63-44 win over American in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday.

Michale Kyser finished with 12 points and seven rebounds, Erik McCree added 13 points and Kenneth Smith dished out eight assists for Louisiana Tech (3-1). The Bulldogs finished 24 of 47 from the field (51.1 percent) and 90.9 percent from the free-throw line.

Jesse Reed finished with 10 points and five rebounds and Darius ''Pee Wee'' Gardner added 11 points for the Eagles (2-2).

The Eagles' Charlie Jones tied the game at 10 midway through the first half. Louisiana Tech took the lead on their next possession and later pushed ahead 12 points on a dunk by Kyser. Louisiana Tech maintained control with Appleby scoring nine of his 16 points in the final half.

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