Charles Bassey had 22 points, 15 rebounds and five blocks as Western Kentucky topped Florida International 71-59 on Monday. Taveion Hollingsworth added 20 points and seven rebounds for the Hilltoppers (17-5, 10-2 Conference USA), who earned their fifth consecutive home victory. Jordan Rawls had 14 points.
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Despite the final result, the Hilltoppers were in the game for the first 20-something minutes and took a lead in the first minute of the second half, but Houston outscored WKU 42-17 from there. WKU turned the ball over 20 times, resulting in 27 Cougar points, and the Hilltoppers shot just 41.7% (20 of 48) from the field and 23.5% (4 of 17) from 3-point range.