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W Kentucky 97

(4-1, 2-0 away)

E Kentucky 89

(2-4, 2-2 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    Alumni Coliseum Arena, Richmond, Kentucky

    1 2 T
    WKU 51 4697
    EKY 32 5789

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    Western Kentucky: A. Winchester 26 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    Eastern Kentucky: D. Dialls 25 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Western Kentucky 97, Eastern Kentucky 89

    RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Anthony Winchester made eight 3-pointers and scored 26 points as Western Kentucky weathered a furious second-half rally by Eastern Kentucky and won 97-89 on Saturday night.

    Benson Callier overcame foul trouble to score 16 points and make three critical baskets in the final minutes for the Hilltoppers (4-1), who have won 10 straight games against Eastern Kentucky.

    Western Kentucky, playing in its archrival's McBrayer Arena for the first time in 11 years, led by 22 points in the first half, but Eastern Kentucky (2-4) chipped away at the deficit and pulled within 83-82 with 3:03 left on two free throws by Matt Witt.

    Callier answered with a dunk off an offensive rebound, and Witt fired up an airball 3-point attempt at the other end that could have tied the game. Callier then made two 3-pointers within 44 seconds, the latter giving the Hilltoppers a 91-82 bulge with 1:32 left.

    Both teams shot well -- Eastern Kentucky made 50.9 percent of its shots and went 13-of-26 from 3-point range. Western Kentucky shot 50 percent and was 16-of-37 from behind the arc, breaking a 16-year-old school record for 3-pointers made in a game.

    Each team had four players in double figures. Sophomore center Darnell Dialls went 9-of-9 from the field and scored 25 points for Eastern Kentucky. Witt added 19 for the Colonels, while Jason McLeish had 18 and Mike Rose had 17.

    Courtney Lee scored 19 for the Hilltoppers and had seven assists, and Ty Rogers scored 14 points. The Hilltoppers' size advantage proved to be the difference -- Western Kentucky outrebounded the Colonels 38-27 and had numerous second-chance opportunities.

    It was the second straight nonconference road win for Western Kentucky of the Sun Belt Conference, which beat Alabama-Birmingham 92-76 on Nov. 29 and has lost only to Georgia. Ohio Valley Conference member Eastern Kentucky's other losses have come to major-conference foes Wisconsin (in double overtime), Georgia and Tennessee.

    Eastern Kentucky played without its leading rebounding, senior Alonzo Hird, who has a knee injury.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WKU
    EKY
    Points 97 89
    FG Made-Attempted 34-68 (.500) 28-55 (.509)
    3P Made-Attempted 16-37 (.432) 13-26 (.500)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-16 (.813) 20-24 (.833)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 18 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 19 0

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