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Louisiana Tech Holds Off Fresno State, Gets To Play Top-Seeded Utah State Next

Reno, NV (Sports Network) - Jamel Guyton scored a career-high 31 points and pulled down 11 rebounds, as the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs held off the Fresno State Bulldogs for a 74-66 win in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Lawlor Events Center.

Magnum Rolle netted 12 points and contributed nine rebounds for fourth-seeded Louisiana Tech (23-9), which will face top-seeded Utah State in Friday's semifinals. Olu Ashaolu added 11 points and eight rebounds in the win.

Paul George scored 22 points and pulled in 11 rebounds for fifth-seeded Fresno State (15-18) before fouling out with 24 seconds left in regulation. Brandon Sperling finished with 14 points and Sylvester Seay had 11.

Louisiana Tech led 33-32 at halftime despite shooting just 38.5 percent from the floor in the opening half. Tech did hit 10-of-13 foul shots.

The game was tied twice in the second half, the last at 48 with 12:28 left in regulation. Louisiana Tech went on a 16-6 run to grab a 64-54 lead with 4:32 left and Fresno State got no closer than three the rest of the way. Louisiana Tech shot 51.9 percent from the floor in the second half for the eight-point win.

Louisiana Tech finished the game 21-of-27 from the line. Kyle Gibson, Louisiana Tech's top scorer, was battling an injury and scored seven points in 33 minutes