Scores

Final

South Alabama 59

(13-11, 6-7 Sun Belt)

W Kentucky 67

(17-7, 11-2 Sun Belt)

    2:00 PM ET, February 7, 2009

    E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky

    1 2 T
    USA 26 3359
    WKU 33 3467

    Top Performers

    South Alabama: B. Davis 12 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast

    Western Kentucky: O. Mendez-Valdez 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Stl

    W. Kentucky 67, South Alabama 59

    Associated Press

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- Orlando Mendez-Valdez scored 24 points, including going 6-for-10 on 3-pointers, to lead Western Kentucky in a 67-59 win over South Alabama on Saturday.

    Steffphon Pettigrew and A.J. Slaughter scored 13 points apiece for the Hilltoppers (17-7, 11-2 Sun Belt Conference), who have won four straight games and eight of nine.

    DeAndre Coleman led the Jaguars (13-11, 6-7) with 13 points. Brandon Davis, Domonic Tilford and Ronald Douglas added 12 points each.

    The Hilltoppers led by seven points at halftime and held off the Jaguars in the second half by outscoring them 34-33.

    Western Kentucky hit 16 of 20 free throws, while South Alabama went just 9-for-16 from the line. The Hilltoppers also hit 7 of 19 shots from 3-point range. The Jaguars managed just two 3s in 12 attempts.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    USA
    WKU
    Points 59 67
    FG Made-Attempted 24-49 (.490) 22-62 (.355)
    3P Made-Attempted 2-12 (.167) 7-19 (.368)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-16 (.563) 16-20 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (0/0) 13 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 5 8

    2008-09 Season

    DATEGAMELINKS
    Western Kentucky leads 1-0
    Dec 18, 2008 WKU 69, @USA 66Recap
    » Feb 7, 2009 @WKU 67, USA 59Recap
    Mar 10, 2009 @WKU 64, USA 56Recap