MOBILE, Ala. -- Chris Harrison-Docks made a tear-drop runner from the middle of the lane with 4.3 seconds left to lift Western Kentucky over South Alabama 58-56 in the Sun Belt Conference opener on Thursday night.
Harrison-Docks finished with 11 points and four assists, George Fant had 10 points and 11 rebounds and T.J. Price led the Hilltoppers (9-5) with 19 points. Price became the 47th player in WKU history with 1,000 career points on a layup with 9:16 left in the first half.
South Alabama (6-8) tied the game at 56 on Mychal Ammons' layup with 29.2 seconds to go. Ammons had also tied the game at 51 with 3:10 to play. WKU went ahead on Payton Hulsey's layup and Antoine Allen and Harrison-Docks traded 3-pointers with less than 2 minutes to go.
Ammons had 15 points and five rebounds for South Alabama. Augustine Rubit and Allen and each scored 10.
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.
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