Scores

Final

South Alabama 69

(22-5, 14-2 Sun Belt)

W Kentucky 64

(21-6, 13-2 Sun Belt)

    8:00 PM ET, February 21, 2008

    E. A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky

    1 2 T
    USA 41 2869
    WKU 30 3464

    Top Performers

    South Alabama: B. Davis 11 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Western Kentucky: C. Lee 18 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    South Alabama 69, W. Kentucky 64

    Associated Press

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Demetric Bennett scored 16 points and South Alabama hit six of eight free throws in the final minute to hold off Sun Belt Conference rival Western Kentucky 69-64 Thursday night.

    Trailing 63-60 with 1:08 remaining in the game, Courtney Lee missed a jumper, and South Alabama hit six free throws in the final minute to seal the win.

    The Jaguars (22-5, 14-2 Sun Belt East Division) and Hilltoppers (21-6, 13-2 SBC East) started out shooting a combined 5-for-20 in the first five minutes, but South Alabama was able to push a slim lead into double digits to 41-30 at halftime.

    In the second half, the Hilltoppers pushed back, taking brief one-point leads twice with under four minutes left in the game.

    Lee led Western Kentucky with a game-high 18 points.

    "You all that were here saw one heck of a game," South Alabama coach Ronnie Arrow said. "I think that both programs should be proud of the execution out there ... I?ve been asked I don't know how many times, 'Should this conference get two bids in the (NCAA) tournament?" I think you all saw what my answer is."

    Brandon Davis added a double-double for the Jaguars, scoring 11 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.

    Both of Western Kentucky's conference losses have been to the Jaguars.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USA
    WKU
    Points 69 64
    FG Made-Attempted 21-48 (.438) 23-68 (.338)
    3P Made-Attempted 4-16 (.250) 5-22 (.227)
    FT Made-Attempted 23-31 (.742) 13-21 (.619)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 3

    2007-08 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    South Alabama leads 2-0
    Jan 5, 2008 @USA 65, WKU 61Recap
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