Louisiana Tech 71, Florida State 66: Raheem Appleby scored 27 points on 12-for-19 shooting, and the visiting Bulldogs used a late 6-0 burst to beat the host Seminoles in the first round of the NIT.Louisiana Tech (27-6) advances to face top-seed Southern Mississippi or eighth-seed Charleston Southern in the second round. Alex Hamilton added 16 points for the Bulldogs.Michael Snaer tied a career high with five 3-pointers, leading the Seminoles (18-16) with 24 points. Okaro White added 11 points and Montay Brandon scored 10 off the bench.Louisiana Tech scored six consecutive points to take a 68-62 lead on Appleby's layup with 1:18 left. The Seminoles crawled back to within 69-66 on Montay Brandon's dunk with 40 seconds to go, but Snaer missed a shot with 21 seconds left and the Bulldogs sealed the game on two Brandon Gibson free throws.Snaer accounted for 50 percent of Florida State's total as the Seminoles led 28-24 at the break. The Bulldogs trailed by nine points early in the second half, but Appleby scored six points during an 11-0 run that gave Louisiana Tech a 37-35 advantage with 16:27 to play.GAME NOTEBOOK: Snaer finished 8-for-18 and 5-for-10 from 3-point range. ... The Seminoles fell behind early 8-2, but scored 15 of the next 17 points to take a 17-10 lead. Snaer scored 11 points during the run, hitting three of his five 3-pointers to ignite the home crowd at the Donald L. Tucker Center. … Florida State committed 18 turnovers.