Scores

Final

South Alabama 73

(16-11, 13-6 Sun Belt)

W Kentucky 79

(16-14, 10-9 Sun Belt)

Coverage: ESPN3

8:00 PM ET, February 28, 2013

E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky

1 2 T
USA 30 4373
WKU 39 4079

Top Performers

South Alabama: A. Rubit 23 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 1 Blk

Western Kentucky: T. Price 22 Pts, 6 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

W. Kentucky 79, South Alabama 73

Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- T.J. Price scored 22 points and Western Kentucky got a big boost from its bench to beat South Alabama 79-73 Thursday night.

The Hilltoppers (16-14, 10-9 Sun Belt Conference), who won their third straight game and avenged an earlier 65-57 loss at South Alabama, led 39-30 at halftime and by 14 points midway through the second half.

Behind Augustine Rubit (23 points), South Alabama got within 76-73 with 12 seconds left.

But George Fant (13 points) hit two clinching free throws.

Western Kentucky had a 30-7 advantage in bench scoring, led by Brandon Harris' 12 points. Aleksejs Rostov added 10 more.

The Hilltoppers also had a big edge in points off turnovers, outscoring the Jaguars 30-14.

Javier Carter posted a double-double for South Alabama with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Dre Conner and Antoine Allen added 12 apiece. The Jaguars had won five of their last six games.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
USA
WKU
Points 73 79
FG Made-Attempted 23-56 (.411) 27-56 (.482)
3P Made-Attempted 6-18 (.333) 8-17 (.471)
FT Made-Attempted 21-25 (.840) 17-27 (.630)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 21 (0/0)
Largest Lead 4 14

2012-13 Season

DATEGAMELINKS
South Alabama leads 1-0
Jan 24, 2013 @USA 65, WKU 57Recap
» Feb 28, 2013 @WKU 79, USA 73Recap
Mar 9, 2013 WKU 62, @USA 59Recap