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.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.
|Southeast Missouri State||2-14||8||5-24|
|Texas San Antonio||3-15||13||5-27|