NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Courtney Lee scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers, as Western Kentucky rolled past the University of New Orleans for a 73-55 Sun Belt Conference win on Wednesday.
The Hilltoppers (15-5, 7-1) shot 56.4 percent from the field and held the Privateers (14-6, 4-4) to a 34.7 shooting percentage. New Orleans was 0-for-10 from 3-point range compared to 7-of-16 for their opponents.
Jeremy Evans connected on 8-of-9 shots for 17 points for the Hilltopers and led all players with seven rebounds.
The Hilltoppers came out hot, storming to a 22-8 advantage over the first 10-plus minutes of the game. The Privateers rallied with a 13-4 run to make it a five-point game with 3:11 left to play in the opening half.
Western Kentucky led at the break, 32-26.
After the break, New Orleans cut the lead to three, 41-38, with 12:13 to play but Western Kentucky connected on four straight shots and hit some key free throws over the next 3:05 to take a commanding 52-38 advantage.
The Hilltoppers led by as many as 20 in the final two minutes, and McCalebb accounted for the final score of the ballgame with a lay-up as the buzzer sounded.
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