BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Keith Wooden's layup over Jeremy Evans with 5.1 seconds to play lifted North Texas to an 86-85 victory over Western Kentucky Tuesday night.
Wooden's shot gave the Mean Green (8-3, 1-1 Sun Belt Conference) a road victory over the Hilltoppers (8-4, 0-1) in a battle of the only two teams in the conference with winning records.Western Kentucky led 85-84 on two free throws by guard Tyrone Brazelton with 18.5 seconds to play. After each team took a timeout with nine seconds remaining, North Texas in-bounded the ball and worked it to Wooden on the block for the decisive shot.Western Kentucky had a final chance, but Brazelton's driving shot from 15 feet was no good.North Texas led by 10 points with 11:56 to play and was in control for much of the game. Western Kentucky never led by more than three.The Mean Green dominated on the boards, holding a 48-25 edge overall, including a 19-9 edge on the offensive boards.Michael Sturns finished with a game-high 24 points to lead North Texas before fouling out with 51.3 seconds to play. Calvin Watson finished with 21 points and nine rebounds, while Wooden scored 17 points.Courtney Lee led Western Kentucky with 20 points before fouling out with 3:08 to play. Brazelton finished with 18 points, and Ty Rogers added 17.