Monday, February 9, 2015

Western Kentucky Suffers Disappointing Loss to Rice

Rice 72
Western Kentucky 68

Final from Bowling Green, Kentucky

Game recap by WKU:

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Seth Gearhart scored a career-high 31 points as Rice upset WKU, 72-68, knocking the Hilltoppers out of sole possession of first place in Conference USA Saturday night.

Gearhart's layup with 2:01 left to play gave the Owls (7-15, 4-6 C-USA) the lead, 66-65, and he pushed it to a three-point lead with a layup off a feed by Marcus Jackson with 1:22 remaining. Gearhart's two free throws with :22 left made it a five-point game and, following Trency Jackson's 3-pointer with :05 to play, Gearhart added two more free throws for the final margin.

The Owls shot 59.5 percent from the field, knocking down 25 of 42 shots, including 7 of 17 from distance.

The loss was just the third at home for WKU (16-7, 9-2), who is now tied with LA Tech and UAB atop the conference standings.

Jackson finished with 23 points to lead the Hilltoppers.

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