DENTON, Texas (AP) _ Karl Malone scored 21 points and connected on seven of 12 shots from the field to lead No. 14 Louisiana Tech to a 90-72 Southland Conference victory over North Texas St.

The 6-foot-9, 250-pound forward was seven of eight from the free-throw line. Reserve forward Willie Bland came off the bench to score 18 points, while Robert Godbolt also scored in double figures with 11.

North Texas was dealt its eighth consecutive conference setback. The Eagles are now 3-18 overall and 0-8 in conference play. Tech stands at 20-2 and 7-1.

The Bulldogs turned the second half into a dunking exhibition to pull away from NTSU. Malone led Louisiana Tech in rebounding with nine.

Vincent Greene led Eagles scoring with 20 points. Also in double figures were Paul Myer and Todd Warren, both with 11, and Dennis Smith and Larry Banks with 10 each.

North Texas will travel to San Antonio Monday in a matchup with Texas-San Antonio.