Western Kentucky rallies late for 65-64 victory

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HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP)—A.J. Slaughter scored 28 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 26 seconds left, as Western Kentucky defeated Arkansas State 65-64 in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt Conference tournament Sunday night.

The fourth-seeded Hilltoppers (21-12) trailed 62-56 late before rallying with three straight 3-pointers, the first from Anthony Sally and the next two from Slaughter.

Martavius Adams’ layup then pulled the Red Wolves (17-14) to within one with 6 seconds to play. After Slaughter missed a free throw, Arkansas State got the ball back, but missed a layup.

Western Kentucky, the two-time defending champion, will face top-seeded Troy on Monday in the semifinals.

Steffphon Pettigrew added 13 points for the Hilltoppers.

Adams and Brandon Reed each scored 17 points to lead No. 5 seed Arkansas State.

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 Top Performers
 Arkansas St.
Brandon Reed Brandon Reed
7-13,  17 Pts
5 Rebs, 6 Assists
 West. Kentucky
A.J. Slaughter A.J. Slaughter
10-17,  28 Pts
1 Rebs, 4 Assists

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