BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Orlando Mendez-Valdez scored 21 points to lead four Western Kentucky players in double digits in a 78-57 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.
Sergio Kerusch added 13 points, while Jeremy Evans and Steffphon Pettigrew had 12 apiece for the Hilltoppers (10-6, 4-1 Sun Belt Conference). Western Kentucky shot 44.8 percent from the field (30 of 67) in the win.Carderro Nwoji led the Owls (4-13, 0-5) with 22 points and Alex Tucker added 11. FAU shot just 36.4 percent from the floor (20 of 55).The Hilltoppers led by four points at halftime, but outscored the Owls 47-30 in the second half.Nwoji's three-point play with 12:06 to play in the second pulled the Owls within 46-44. But the Hilltoppers went on a 13-4 run, capped by a Kerusch jumper, over the next 5 minutes to blow the game open.The Owls have lost eight straight games.