Scores

Final

W Kentucky 69

(23-6, 15-2 Sun Belt)

FIU 54

(9-18, 6-11 Sun Belt)

    7:30 PM ET, February 27, 2008

    U.S. Century Bank Arena, Miami, Florida

    1 2 T
    WKU 35 3469
    FIU 22 3254

    Top Performers

    Western Kentucky: A. Slaughter 12 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast

    Florida International: A. Galindo 10 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    W. Kentucky 69, Fla. International 54

    Associated Press

    MIAMI (AP) -- A.J. Slaughter scored 12 points off the bench and D.J. Magley added 10 as Western Kentucky led from the start to beat Florida International 69-54 Wednesday.

    Neither team could get the offense going early as a Nikola Gacesa jumper tied the score at 9 with 13:32 to play in the first half. But a Slaughter score started an 18-5 run for the Hilltoppers, capped off by a Courtney Lee 3-pointer for a 27-14 lead with 4:48 to go.

    Western Kentucky (23-6, 15-2 SBC) led 35-22 at the intermission and built that into an 18-point, 51-33 advantage with 13:55 remaining.

    Florida International staged a 16-7 run of its own over the next five minutes, closing to within 58-49 with 8:05 to go on a Badara Ndiaye lay-up. But five straight points by the Hilltoppers defused the rally and the Golden Panther could not recover.

    Gacesa led Florida International (9-18, 6-11 SBC) with 13 points and Alex Galindo had 10.

    Western Kentucky also controlled the boards, out-rebounding FIU, 36-28, after the Golden Panthers had won the battle on the boards in 11 of their last 13 games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    WKU
    FIU
    Points 69 54
    FG Made-Attempted 25-49 (.510) 17-50 (.340)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-17 (.353) 2-9 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-19 (.684) 18-27 (.667)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 20 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 15 0

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