Scores

Final

FIU 63

(4-6, 1-2 Sun Belt)

W Kentucky 76

(9-5, 3-0 Sun Belt)

    Coverage: ESPN3

    8:00 PM ET, December 27, 2012

    E.A. Diddle Arena, Bowling Green, Kentucky

    1 2 T
    FIU 33 3063
    WKU 33 4376

    Top Performers

    Florida International: T. Murphy 14 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Western Kentucky: G. Fant 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    W. Kentucky 76, FIU 63

    Associated Press

    BOWLING GREEN, Ky. -- George Fant scored 24 points as Western Kentucky pulled away in the second half to beat Florida International 76-63 in a Sun Belt Conference game Thursday night.

    Kevin Kaspar didn't start for the Hilltoppers (9-5, 3-0) but logged 17 points in 37 minutes, including three second-half 3-pointers.

    Western Kentucky led 69-58 after two free throws by Brandon Harris, who finished with 13 points, including all seven of his free throws in the final 2:12.

    The Hilltoppers, who had lost three straight, led 17-6 in the first half but the Golden Panthers (4-6, 1-2) tied it 33-33 at halftime.

    Malik Smith led FIU with 20 points. Jerome Frink added 15 and Tymell Murphy 14.

    Both teams lost recently to No. 4 Louisville by nearly identical scores. FIU, coached by Richard Pitino, lost 79-55 to his father Rick's squad on Dec. 19. The Hilltoppers lost 78-55 to the Cardinals last Saturday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    FIU
    WKU
    Points 63 76
    FG Made-Attempted 23-50 (.460) 25-46 (.543)
    3P Made-Attempted 8-21 (.381) 9-22 (.409)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-14 (.643) 17-21 (.810)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 14 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 17

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