Western Kentucky vs. FL Internationial: Recap, Stats, and Box Score

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Western Kentucky vs. FL Internationial: Recap, Stats, and Box Score
Western Kentucky 65
(20-15, 8-10 away)
FL Internationial 63
(18-14, 11-4 home)
Venue: Summit Arena
7:00PM ET / 4:00PM PT, March 11, 2013
Box Score
1st 2nd Final
Western Kentucky 31 34 65
FL Internationial 29 34 63
Top Performers
Points Rebounds Assists
Western Kentucky J Crook 17 G Fant 13 K Kaspar 3
FL Internationial C Bell 15 T Murphy 10 D Hill 6

On Monday, Mar. 11, Western Kentucky escaped Florida International 65-63 to claim the Sun Belt championship. With the win, the Hilltoppers tie the season series against Florida International at 1-1. George Fant got 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Hilltoppers, earning a double-double. Brandon Harris had 12 points and added six rebounds. Western Kentucky heads to the NCAA Tournament with a 20-15 record. During the regular season they finished sixth in the Sun Belt with a 10-10 conference record. Western Kentucky finished off Louisiana-Monroe (74-60), South Alabama (62-59), and Arkansas State (58-56) on the path to the Sun Belt championship game. Tymell Murphy registered a double-double for the Golden Panthers with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Florida International (18-14) finished the regular season fourth in the Sun Belt with an 11-9 record. In reaching the conference championship, they outplayed Arkansas-Little Rock (69-54) and Middle Tennessee State (61-57).

Western Kentucky Game Notes

  • The win over Florida International extended the Western Kentucky winning streak to four games.
  • The Hilltoppers have won six close games this season (a win by five or fewer points). Since 2007, Western Kentucky is 40-30 in close games.
  • Western Kentucky has won 91 percent of the time this season (10-1) when its field goal percentage has been 46.9 percent or better.
  • WKU has won 92 percent of the time this season (11-1) after holding an opponent to under 38.7 percent field goal percentage.
  • WKU has won 86 percent of the time this season (12-2) when opponents record 63 or fewer total points.
  • This season Western Kentucky has won 71 percent of the time (5-2) when Jamal Crook has 17 points or more.
  • The Hilltoppers have outshot their opponents in three-point percentage for the past four games.
  • The top two scorers (George Fant and Jamal Crook) accounted for 52.3 percent of the points.
  • George Fant accounted for 38.2 percent of the team's rebounds.
  • George Fant has led the team in scoring seven times and in rebounding 15 times in 35 games this season.
  • George Fant recorded the seventh double-digit rebound game of his career.
  • George Fant recorded a double-double. It was his fourth this season and sixth of his career.
  • George Fant had career highs with 10 defensive rebounds and four blocks.

Florida International Game Notes

  • The Golden Panthers have lost four times this season in games decided by five or fewer points. Since 2007, Florida International is 30-37 in close games.
  • The top two scorers (Cameron Bell and Malik Smith) accounted for 46.0 percent of the points.
  • The top two rebounders (Tymell Murphy and Tola Akomolafe) accounted for 48.5 percent of the rebounds.
  • Cameron Bell has led the team in scoring three times in 32 games this season.
  • Tymell Murphy has led the team in rebounding 14 times in 32 games this season.
  • Malik Smith has five straight double-digit point games.
  • Tymell Murphy recorded the eighth double-digit rebound game of his career.
  • Tymell Murphy recorded a double-double. It was the eighth of his career.
WKU PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
A+George Fant3717132043
B+Brandon Harris291260000
B+Jamal Crook311742304
CAleksejs Rostov29840013
CT.J. Price33831204
C-Caden Dickerson19301001
C-Kevin Kaspar9013002
D-O`Karo Akamune11010001
FIU PlayersMinsPtsRebAstStlBlkTO
A+Cameron Bell121522013
ATymell Murphy3311103012
BJerome Frink351350011
BTola Akomolafe28470100
B-Deric Hill38426102
B-Malik Smith381421003
C-Ivan Jurkovic11230002
-M. Porcher Jimenez5000001

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