10:00 PM ET, March 10, 2009
Western Kentucky blows early lead, rallies for win and 21st NCAA tourney berth
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- At least one tournament darling from last year is assured another NCAA berth.A.J. Slaughter scored 18 points, and Western Kentucky beat South Alabama 64-56 Tuesday night to win the Sun Belt tournament. The Hilltoppers wasted a 15-point first-half lead, but recovered in time to wrap up their 21st NCAA tournament berth.
• Western Kentucky clinched its second straight appearance in the NCAA tournament and 21st overall.
• It is the Hilltoppers' seventh Sun Belt tournament title, the most in conference history.
• South Alabama's DeAndre Coleman scored a career-high 27 points.
-- ESPN research
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||23-46 (.500)||21-50 (.420)|
|3P Made-Attempted||5-10 (.500)||8-23 (.348)|
|FT Made-Attempted||5-8 (.625)||14-14 (1.000)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||16 (0/0)||15 (0/0)|