W. Kentucky 64, FAU 57

Freshman George Fant had 20 points and 10 rebounds as Western

Kentucky rallied to defeat Florida Atlantic 64-57 Thursday night,

snapping a two-game skid and splitting the season series.

Derrick Gordon added 13 points and 12 rebounds for the

Hilltoppers (9-17, 5-8 Sun Belt Conference), who trailed by as many

as 11 in the first half en route to a 32-24 halftime deficit.

Western Kentucky took its first lead at 46-45 with 10:58

remaining, then the lead changed hands eight times. Trailing 53-52,

the Hilltoppers scored six straight points – including four by

Teeng Akol – then made 6 of 10 free throws down the stretch.

For the game, Western Kentucky made 19 of 27 free throws

compared to just 4 of 5 for the Owls, who defeated the Hilltoppers

67-66 on Jan. 26.

Jordan McCoy scored 14 points to lead FAU (11-15, 7-6), which

ended a two-game winning streak.