Western Kentucky vs South Alabama

W. Kentucky 62, South Alabama 59

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - T.J. Price scored 22 points and Jamal Crook hit the go-ahead basket with 17 seconds left as Western Kentucky knocked off South Alabama 62-59 Saturday night in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament.

The sixth-seeded Hilltoppers (18-15) advance to the conference semifinals for the ninth straight year and will face second-seeded Arkansas State on Sunday.

Third-seeded South Alabama (17-12) led 59-58 when Barrington Stevens hit a jumper with 54 seconds remaining. Crook's shot put Western Kentucky back in front and on the ensuing possession Brandon Harris stole the ball from the Jaguars' Augustine Rubit. That forced South Alabama to foul, and Price hit two free throws with 9 seconds left for a three-point lead.

The Jaguars had a chance to tie, but 3-point attempts by Stevens and Rubit were off the mark.

George Fant added 18 points and nine rebounds for the Hilltoppers.

Rubit scored 22 for South Alabama.

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Scoreboard
Western Kentucky (17-15) «293362
South Alabama (17-11)263359

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Western Kentucky Hilltoppers
G. Fant, F377-104-590318
A. Rostov, C231-63-44235
T. Price, G358-153-411322
J. Crook, G295-90-001310
C. Dickerson, G211-31-22004
B. Harris241-40-03113
K. Kaspar120-20-00010
K. Anyigbo90-00-02040
O. Akamune80-00-00040
S. Drane20-10-00010
Totals 23-5011-152752362
 46%73.3% 
South Alabama Jaguars
A. Rubit, F354-1814-1681022
J. Carter, F304-63-360411
M. Ammons, G322-61-26046
A. Allen, G231-80-06023
D. Conner, G100-21-20031
W. Wright283-30-01016
B. Stevens III242-42-22126
T. Anderson181-32-23024
Totals 17-5023-273821859
 34%85.2% 
Conference USA
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Middle Tenn.17-131-535
La. Tech14-423-10117
Old Dominion12-619-12136
UTEP12-615-17222
Rice11-723-12168
Marshall10-820-15112
UAB9-917-16198
Western Ky.9-915-17226
UT-San Antonio8-1014-19264
Charlotte7-1113-17243
FAU6-1210-20282
So. Miss6-129-22331
FIU3-157-24337
North Texas2-168-22339

Sun Belt
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT-Arlington14-427-945
Georgia St.12-620-13104
Arkansas St.11-720-12120
Texas St.11-722-14179
Ga. Southern11-718-15122
UL Lafayette10-821-12114
Troy10-822-15147
Coast. Car.10-820-19183
S. Alabama7-1114-18231
Little Rock6-1215-17244
App. St.4-149-21300
UL-Monroe2-169-24297
 
Other games
UAB 71 Final
MEMP 86
SYR 39 Final
GTOWN 61
FLA 57 Final
UK 61
LAS 54 Final
STL 78
KSU 70 Final
OKST 76
PITT 81 Final
DEP 66
MU 69 Final
SJU 67
UCLA 61 Final
WASH 54
CLEM 49 Final
MIAMI 62
ORE 62 Final
UTAH 72
ND 57 Final
LOU 73
AZST 58 Final
ARIZ 73
NMEX 88 Final
AF 89
KAN 58 Final
BAYL 81
DUKE 69 Final
UNC 53
LMU 48 Final
GONZ 66