Western Kentucky 86, Florida Atlantic 81
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP)—Tyrone Brazelton had a season-high 23 points including a key three-pointer with 1:04 left, helping lead Western Kentucky to an 86-81 win over Florida Atlantic in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament Sunday night.
Brazelton had 14 points in the games first 12 1/2 minutes and his last seven in the closing 2:21 for the third-seeded Hilltoppers (22-10).
The game included 25 lead changes and neither team led by more than six points until Brazelton’s three-pointer gave Western Kentucky an 81-74 lead.
DeAndre Rice, who had Florida Atlantic’s final nine points in the closing 1:31, drove for a layup with 54.4 seconds left to cut the margin to five, but Western Kentucky made three of four free throws in the final 33 seconds.
Courtney Lee added 20 points for Western Kentucky, which took the lead for good with 5:24 left on two free throws by Orlando Mendez-Valdez.
Rice finished with a game-high 28 points for the Owls (16-15), including six three-pointers. Carlos Monroe added 19 points and Brent Crews scored 15 for Florida Atlantic.