Louisiana-Monroe vs Western Kentucky

W. Kentucky 74, Louisiana-Monroe 60

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - T.J. Price scored 18 points Friday night and Western Kentucky never trailed in beating Louisiana-Monroe 74-60 in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

George Fant scored 12 on 6-of-6 shooting for the Hilltoppers (17-15), who are the sixth seed in the tournament. They meet No. 3 seed South Alabama in Saturday's quarterfinals.

Ten players scored for Western Kentucky, which shot 69 percent in the first half on the way to a 46-24 lead. The Hilltoppers finished at 58 percent.

Kyle Koszuta led Louisiana-Monroe (4-23) with 15 points. Millaun Brown scored 12, and Trent Mackey and Amos Olatayo had 10 points each for the Warhawks, who lost their last six games.

Western Kentucky is the defending Sun Belt tournament champion, having won as the No. 7 seed last season.

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Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
M. Brown, F356-110-071412
T. Lindsey, F111-60-02202
T. Mackey, G384-90-114210
K. Koszuta, G365-81-234115
A. Olatayo, G213-114-560210
J. James313-71-37647
R. McCray282-40-21234
Totals 24-566-1329191660
 42.9%46.2% 
Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
G. Fant, F216-60-251212
A. Rostov, C161-22-24034
T. Price, G296-123-562118
J. Crook, G182-42-40626
C. Dickerson, G183-40-03129
K. Kaspar243-60-02209
B. Harris233-60-03118
K. Anyigbo201-40-03122
O. Akamune181-10-04222
P. Blade50-10-01000
S. Drane42-20-00014
M. Vasquez30-00-00000
S. Sheldon10-00-00000
Totals 28-487-1331161674
 58.3%53.8% 
Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT-Arlington12-322-634
Arkansas St.10-419-877
Georgia St.10-517-10125
Ga. Southern10-517-11124
Texas St.9-616-11208
Coast. Car.9-714-15141
Troy8-716-13198
UL Lafayette7-817-11144
S. Alabama6-913-15222
Little Rock4-1013-14246
App. St.3-138-19265
UL-Monroe2-138-20316

Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.14-124-432
La. Tech13-321-8120
Old Dominion11-518-10130
UTEP11-513-15255
Rice9-619-9180
Marshall9-716-13129
UAB8-715-13179
Western Ky.7-913-16224
UT-San Antonio7-912-17281
Charlotte6-1012-15233
FAU6-1010-17296
So. Miss6-119-20336
North Texas2-148-20330
FIU2-146-23343