W. Kentucky 77, E. Kentucky 60

EDS: Western Kentucky 77, Eastern Kentucky 60.

RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) -- Forward Courtney Lee scored 23 points and Western Kentucky went on a 16-7 run before halftime to defeat Eastern Kentucky 77-60 on Saturday night at McBrayer Arena.

Lee started hot, scoring nine of Western Kentucky's first 12 points to lead the Hilltoppers (7-2) to a 12-8 lead at the 12:24 mark of the first half. The Hilltoppers then went on a 16-7 run to lead 28-17 with 5:49 left in the half. Western Kentucky stretched the lead to 18 points at the half (46-28) as Eastern Kentucky (4-5) committed 11 first half turnovers resulting in eight Hilltopper lay-ups or dunks.

Eastern Kentucky scored the first five points of the second half to close the gap to 48-33. The Hilltoppers then outscored the Colonels 11-1 over the next four minutes. The Colonels would get no closer than 15 points the rest of the game.

Junior guard Mike Rose led EKU with 14 points, followed by reserve forward Josh Daniel with 13 points and senior forward Jamaal Douglas with 10.

Two other Hilltoppers scored in double digits. Senior guard Tyrone Brazelton had 15 points and Orlando Mendez-Valdez had 10 points.