BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- George Fant scored 20 points as Western Kentucky rolled over Eastern Illinois 68-53 Saturday night.
T.J. Price had 13 points for the Hilltoppers.
Western Kentucky (4-2), which has been holding its opponents to a 62.4 points per game average, limited the Panthers to 53.
Eastern Illinois (3-4) jumped out to an 8-0 lead and led 16-7 on a Reggie Smith 3-pointer midway of the first period.
Western Kentucky mounted an 18-2 run, tying the score at 18 on a Payton Hulsey 3-pointer. Eastern Illinois later tied the score but could never retake the lead. The Hilltoppers held a 28-24 advantage at the half.
Western Kentucky extended its lead to 39-29 in the second half, but Eastern Illinois had a run that pulled the Panthers to within 49-45 at the 7:32 mark. An Aaron Adeoye layup, followed by a Kevin Kaspar layup and 3-pointer pushed the lead to 56-45.
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|Southeast Missouri State||2-14||8||5-24|
|Texas San Antonio||3-15||13||5-27|