Florida International vs Western Kentucky

W. Kentucky 67, FIU 63

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Kahlil McDonald hit five 3-pointers and scored a career-high 19 points off the bench, and Western Kentucky made six late free throws to beat Florida International 67-63 on Saturday in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

McDonald was 5 of 8 from behind the arc for the seventh-seeded Hilltoppers (12-18), who will face No. 2 seed Arkansas-Little Rock on Sunday. T.J. Price added 11 points and George Fant had 10.

The game was tied with 1:02 left before McDonald hit two free throws for a 63-61 edge. The teams then traded turnovers before Western Kentucky's Derrick Gordon blocked a 3-point attempt and FIU's DeJuan Wright missed a layup. Gordon and Price each hit two foul shots to seal the victory.

Wright had 24 points and 12 rebounds for the No. 10 seed Golden Panthers (8-21), who have gone 26-65 in three seasons under coach Isiah Thomas.

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Florida International Golden Panthers
D. Ferguson, F141-42-22044
G. Dierickx, C41-10-00002
D. Wright, G399-165-7123224
J. Allen, G372-111-32327
P. Taylor, G281-72-23225
B. Moore292-52-24036
D. Hill262-40-00114
C. Bell233-54-431211
Totals 21-5316-2031101663
 39.6%80% 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
G. Fant, F264-92-450210
T. Akol, F223-103-58239
D. Gordon, G342-84-710119
J. Crook, G322-60-00325
T. Price, G183-72-251311
K. McDonald336-142-243319
O. Akamune162-30-16124
V. Zollo150-30-05100
N. Snipes40-00-00020
Totals 22-6013-2147121867
 36.7%61.9% 
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North Texas7-1112-20295
Rice7-1112-20279
So. Miss5-138-21315
FAU5-138-25300
UT-San Antonio3-155-27347
 
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