Lee's monster game leads Western Kentucky to win

Updated: February 18, 2006, 9:02 PM ET
Associated Press

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Courtney Lee scored 24 points and grabbed 19 rebounds as Western Kentucky routed Northern Arizona 79-58 Saturday in an ESPN BracketBusters game.

Running Down
BracketBusters Saturday
Winner Busted Final
No. Iowa Bucknell 65-61 (2OT)
Iona Buffalo 93-75
Kent State Butler 80-76 (OT)
Missouri St. Wis.-Milw. 72-63
Western Ky. No. Arizona 79-58
Old Dominion Marist 84-71
La. Tech So. Illinois 54-51
George Mason Wichita St. 70-67
Ohio Samford 64-52
Utah State Northwestern St. 66-63
Creighton Fresno State 67-62

The Hilltoppers (20-5), who have already won the East Division of the Sun Belt Conference, outscored the Lumberjacks (19-8) of the Big Sky Conference 48-30 in the second half to take control of the game.

The Hilltoppers led just 31-28 at halftime, but stretched the margin to 26 points with 8:07 to play.

The victory extended Western Kentucky's winning streak to eight games. The Hilltoppers have also won 14 of their past 15.

Anthony Winchester scored 21 points for the Hilltoppers, who shot 52 percent from the floor.

Kelly Golob led Northern Arizona with 16 points, while Ruben Boykin Jr. added 11.

The game was physical and sloppy at times, as Western Kentucky turned the ball over 14 times in the first half, but had just five miscues in the second half.

Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press