NCAA Game Summary - Arkansas State at Western Kentucky
(Saturday, January 18th)
Final Score: Western Kentucky 82, Arkansas State 77 (2OT)
Bowling Green, KY (SportsNetwork.com) - George Fant notched a double-double
with 27 points and 14 rebounds, leading the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers to an
82-77 victory in double overtime against the Arkansas State Red Wolves in a
Sun Belt Conference matchup at E.A. Diddle Arena.
Fant shot 11-of-18 from the field for the Hilltoppers (11-7, 3-2 Sun Belt),
who have won three of their last five. T.J. Price and Chris Harrison-Docks
contributed 19 and 13 points, respectively.
Kendrick Washington scored 20 points to lead the Red Wolves (10-7, 3-3), who
have lost three of their last four. Brandon Reed (17 points), Kirk Van Slyke
(14) and Ed Townsel (10) also reached double figures.
The Red Wolves came out shooting a solid 57.1 percent from the field in the
first half. At the other end, the Hilltoppers shot 47.2 percent, but that
included two more baskets from beyond the arc, which led to their 40-32 lead
at the break.
In the second half, the Hilltoppers struggled, making just eight shots from
the field for a 29.6 percent shooting mark. With 1:32 left to play, a
Washington layup knotted the game at 64 and, with neither team scoring again
in regulation, the game went to overtime.
The first overtime period was evenly matched, though WKU was up by two with
2:18 to play. That margin was erased with two free throws by Kelvin Downs with
the clock stopped at 1:30, sending the game to a second overtime.
In the second overtime, the Hilltoppers scored first and never looked back,
leading by as many as eight points. The Wolves made just two field goals in
both extra sessions.
The Hilltoppers outscored their opponent 22-10 in points off turnovers and
25-4 in second chance points in a back-and-forth game that had nine lead
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