Duruji scores 14 to carry Louisiana Tech over FAU 57-56

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — Anthony Duruji had 14 points and seven rebounds as Louisiana Tech narrowly defeated Florida Atlantic 57-56 in the Conference USA Tourney first round on Wednesday night.

DaQuan Bracey had 17 points and nine rebounds for Louisiana Tech (20-12). Amorie Archibald added 11 points. JaColby Pemberton had six rebounds for Louisiana Tech.

Louisiana Tech only led for 35 seconds of the game.

The Bulldogs were in trouble after the first half, entering the locker room at halftime trailing 34-20. But Louisiana Tech mounted a second-half rally to get back in it and ultimately earn the narrow one-point victory. The Owls’ 22 points in the second half marked a season low for the team.

Xavian Stapleton had 17 points for the Owls (17-15). Simeon Lepichev added 13 points. Anthony Adger had six assists.