Western Kentucky beats FIU 88-61

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MIAMI (AP)—Sergio Kerusch scored a career-high 32 points, and Western Kentucky defeated Florida International 88-61 on Saturday night.

Kerusch shot 13-for-17 from the field and grabbed nine rebounds for the Hilltoppers (19-12, 12-6 Sun Belt Conference), who won their sixth in a row. Kerusch’s previous career high—26 points—was scored against FIU on Feb. 21, 2009.

Western Kentucky jumped out to a 25-5 lead after a layup from Kerusch with 11:20 remaining in the first half. The Hilltoppers would lead by as many as 28 points before halftime, as a 3-pointer from Kerusch ballooned the lead to 46-18. Western Kentucky led 50-23 at halftime, and FIU never recovered.

Marlon Bright and Tremayne Russell scored 11 points each to lead FIU (7-24, 4-14), who closed its regular season with eight losses in a row.

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 West. Kentucky
Sergio Kerusch Sergio Kerusch
13-17,  32 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists
 Florida Intl.
Marlon Bright Marlon Bright
4-7,  11 Pts
9 Rebs, 1 Assists

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