Monday, January 19, 2015

Western Kentucky Sweeps Florida Trip to Earn Best Conference Start Since 1992-93

Western Kentucky defeated Florida Atlantic and Florida International last week to earn their best conference start since 1992-93.

Game recaps by WKU:

Western Kentucky 88 Florida Atlantic 85 F/OT

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) -- T.J. Price scored 27 points and WKU rallied from a 13-point deficit in the second half and beat Florida Atlantic 88-85 in overtime on Thursday night.

The victory gave the Hilltoppers (11-5, 4-0) six consecutive wins while handing the Owls (7-8, 0-4) their fourth straight loss.

George Fant added 23 points and 10 rebounds, his sixth straight double-double. Chris Harrison-Docks had 12 points, six in overtime as did Price, who went over 1,500 career points.

The Owls led 52-39 with 11:54 left. WKU went on a 14-4 run to lead 70-67 with 53 seconds left in regulation. A jumper by FAU's Marquan Botley tied the game at 71-all and sent it into overtime.

Two Price free throws put WKU ahead 87-82 with 17 seconds left in overtime, and Botley missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left.

Botley scored 22 points, Solomon Poole added 21 and Jackson Trapp 20.

Western Kentucky 65 Florida International 58

MIAMI (AP) -- George Fant had his sixth-straight double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead WKU past FIU 65-58 on Saturday for its seventh-consecutive win and best start to conference play since 1992-93.

WKU (12-5, 5-0 Conference USA) is off to its best start in conference play in 22 seasons. The Hilltoppers haven't started the conference season 5-0 since 1992-93.

Justin Johnson added 11 points for WKU. Fant was 6 of 15 from the field and 8 of 10 from the free throw line as the Hilltoppers were 22 of 32 from the stripe compared to 10 of 17 for FIU.

Dennis Mavin led FIU (9-9, 2-3) with 21 points. Daviyon Draper had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Adrian Diaz added 11 points.

FIU cut its deficit to three points twice in the final 1:30, but Johnson and Brandon Price had an answer for WKU.

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