BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Brandon Harris scored 16 points to lead four Western Kentucky players in double figures in a 72-49 rout of Louisiana-Lafayette on Thursday night.
Western Kentucky (11-8, 5-3 Sun Belt Conference) ended a three-game losing streak with devastating runs at the end of the first half and the start of the second.
Trailing 21-19 with 5:16 left before halftime, Western Kentucky outscored the Ragin' Cajuns (7-13, 3-6) 12-0 the rest of the way until intermission. The Hilltoppers then opened the second half with a 14-2 run that included three baskets by George Fant.
Fant finished with 10 points, and T.J. Price and Teeng Akol had 13 each for the Hilltoppers, who outrebounded the Ragin' Cajuns 49-31 and shot 42.1 percent (24 of 57) while holding them to 28.8 percent (17 of 59).
Mississippi State freshman guard Malik Newman will withdraw from the NBA draft, but sources told ESPN he might explore other opportunities besides returning to Mississippi State.
Seton Hall sophomore Isaiah Whitehead will stay in the NBA draft and not return for his junior season.
Washington State's trio of Josh Hawkinson, Conor Clifford and Ike Iroegbu have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will play their senior season with the Cougars.
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