BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Freshman Jeremy Evans scored 11 points, grabbed nine rebounds and blocked four shots to lead Western Kentucky to a 65-53 victory Saturday over Middle Tennessee.
Evans made a perfect 5-of-5 from the floor, including a pair of alley-oop dunks, and recorded three steals for the Hilltoppers (18-9, 10-5 Sun Belt Conference).
Western Kentucky shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half (11-of-22) to slowly pull away from the Blue Raiders (12-14, 7-8 SBC). The Hilltoppers outscored Middle Tennessee State 15-6 over a six-minute stretch of the second half to take control of the game and a 52-39 lead with 8:19 to play. Butch Jointers 3-point basket from the top of the key with a shot clock expiring capped the Western Kentucky run.