Western Kentucky rolls 83-58 in Sun Belt tourney

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)—Steffphon Pettigrew had 18 points and seven rebounds and Western Kentucky rolled to an 83-58 victory over New Orleans in the first round of the Sun Belt tournament Saturday night.

Sergio Kerusch scored 16 points and AJ Slaughter 13 for Western Kentucky. The Hilltoppers (20-12), the No. 4 seed, will face Arkansas State in Sunday’s quarterfinals.

Charles Carmouche led all scorers with 21 for New Orleans (8-22). Carl Blair had 16 points, but only five Privateers scored in the game.

It was 31-25 Hilltoppers at the half, but they quickly got the lead into double figures and then finished it off with a 17-0 run later in the half.

Western Kentucky was 31-of-55 from the field, or 56.4 percent. They shot 67.9 percent in the second half. They also scored 35 points off 25 Privateers turnovers.

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 Top Performers
 New Orleans
Charles Carmouche Charles Carmouche
6-11,  21 Pts
6 Rebs, 0 Assists
 West. Kentucky
Steffphon Pettigrew Steffphon Pettigrew
7-13,  18 Pts
7 Rebs, 2 Assists

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