RUSTON, La. -- Brockeith Pane scored a season-high 24 points and Utah State overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to defeat Louisiana Tech 69-65 Saturday night and post its second road victory of the season.
Down 31-29 at the break, the Aggies (10-8, 2-2 Western Athletic Conference) opened the second half with a 12-0 run. The Bulldogs regained the lead briefly at 51-50, then Utah State went on an 11-2 spree.
After Louisiana Tech (8-10, 0-3) closed to 66-64 with 39 seconds remaining on a Kenyon McNeaill 3-pointer, the Aggies hit 3 of 4 free throws, sending the Bulldogs to their fourth straight loss.
Preston Medlin and Kyisean Reed added 11 apiece for Utah State.
The Bulldogs hit six of their first seven 3-pointers to build a 20-8 lead, and finished 12 of 29 from long range, compared to 2 of 9 for the Aggies.
McNeaill scored a season-high 19 points for Louisiana Tech.
* CALIFORNIA 81, UTAH 45: At Berkeley, Calif., the Utes managed just 15 first-half points and fell on the road in Pac-12 action.
Jiggy Watkins had 15 points and three assists, while Jason Washburn added nine points and five rebounds for the Utes (4-13 overall, 1-4 Pac-12).
Five Golden Bears scored in double figures as Cal (15-4, 5-1) maintained tied with Stanford atop the Pac-12 Standings.
* SOUTHERN UTAH 65, WESTERN ILLINOIS 55: At Macomb, Ill., Damon Heuir scored 22 points and Southern Utah shot 61.5 percent in a victory over Western Illinois.
Ramell Taylor added 21 points and Jackson Stevenett 13 for the Thunderbirds (9-9, 4-4 Summit League), who hit 24 of 39 shots and won their second in a row.
Ceola Clark paced the Leathernecks (9-7, 4-4) with 16 points and recorded one steal to tie Bill Heisler's school career record of 167. Terell Parks had a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Obi Emegano scored 13.
Western Illinois has lost two straight.
Clark opened the game with a 3-pointer, but the Thunderbirds replied with a 13-0 run and never trailed again.
The Leathernecks went 8:13 without scoring before Don McAvoy sank a 3-pointer with 10:12 left in the half.
Southern Utah was up 26-19 at intermission, and the lead peaked at 13 late in the game.