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, Florida International took on Western Kentucky and was narrowly defeated by the Hilltoppers 65-63 in the Sun Belt championship game. The Golden Panthers tied the season series against Western Kentucky at 1-1 with the loss. Florida International (18-14) finished the regular season fourth in the Sun Belt with an 11-9 record. The route for Florida International to the Sun Belt championship game went through Arkansas-Little Rock (69-54) and Middle Tennessee State (61-57). Tymell Murphy earned a double-double in the loss with 11 points and 10 rebounds. Jerome Frink scored 13 points and added five rebounds. George Fant recorded a double-double for the Hilltoppers on 17 points and 13 rebounds. Western Kentucky (20-15) finished the regular season sixth in the Sun Belt with a 10-10 record. In reaching the conference championship, they overcame Louisiana-Monroe (74-60), South Alabama (62-59), and Arkansas State (58-56).

Florida International Game Notes

  • FIU beat the spread by 0.5 points. That makes the 15th time this season the Golden Panthers have beaten the spread.
  • The Golden Panthers have been unlucky four times this season in games decided by five or fewer points. Since 2007, Florida International is 30-37 in close games.
  • FIU set a season low for steals (two).
  • The Golden Panthers have recorded more three-pointers than their opponents for the past four 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 in three out of 32 games this season.
  • Tymell Murphy has led the team in rebounding in 14 out of 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.

Western Kentucky Game Notes

  • The Hilltoppers won this one, but have lost five times this season in games decided by five or fewer points. Since 2007, Western Kentucky is 40-30 in close 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 set career highs with 10 defensive rebounds and four blocks.
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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