MONROE, La. -- T.J. Price scored 26 points and Western Kentucky pulled away from Louisiana-Monroe in the second half on Thursday night, winning 69-51.
Price also grabbed 10 rebounds in the winning effort and hit 7 of 9 from long range. Price was the only Hilltopper to reach double figures.
Western Kentucky (12-7, 4-2 Sun Belt Conference) trailed Louisiana-Monroe 20-18 in the first half before finishing with a 14-7 edge and leading the Warhawks 32-27 going into the break.
The Hilltoppers controlled the second half, slowly pulling away from Louisiana-Monroe (6-8, 3-3) in building their largest lead of 18 points by game end.
The Hilltoppers hit 51 percent of their tries from the field while outrebounding the Warhawks 35-25.
Louisiana-Monroe shot just 39 percent from the floor and only 54 percent (14 of 26) from the penalty stripe.
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