10:18 PM ET, March 19, 2009
Moda Center, Portland, Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Whether they were relieved, tired or expecting it all along, the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers didn't wildly celebrate their latest NCAA tournament upset.A.J. Slaughter was the most demonstrative, pumping his fist a few times after 12th-seeded Western Kentucky held off a late charge to beat fifth-seeded Illinois 76-72 on Thursday night in the South Regional.
• Western Kentucky advanced to the second round of the tournament for the second consecutive season. It's the first time the Hilltoppers have won a game in the tournament in consecutive years since 1986 and '87.
• All five starters scored in double-figures for Western Kentucky, including a team-high 17 points from Steffphon Pettigrew.
• The Hilltoppers became the second team to win a tournament game in consecutive years as a 12-seed or worse (Tulsa in 2002).
-- ESPN research
NCAA Mens Tournament
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||27-56 (.482)||31-63 (.492)|
|3P Made-Attempted||9-19 (.474)||5-18 (.278)|
|FT Made-Attempted||13-22 (.591)||5-7 (.714)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||24 (0/0)|
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