March 1, 2008
BOCA RATON, FL (March 1, 2008) - Western Kentucky (24-6; 16-2 SBC) received 29 points from guard Courtney Lee and teammate Tyrone Brazelton made four three-pointers as the visiting Hilltoppers defeated Florida Atlantic 88-78 on Saturday. It was the regular season finale for both clubs.
Florida Atlantic (14-17; 8-10 SBC), the seventh-seed in the upcoming Sun Belt Conference postseason tournament, will host tenth-seeded Florida International in the tournament's first round Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in the FAU Arena. The winner moves on to face Arkansas Little-Rock in the quarterfinals Sunday at 7:30 p.m. in Mobile.
The Owls led by as many as nine in the first half, and WKU took a slim 47-44 lead into the locker room at halftime.
57 fouls were called Saturday night with both teams combining to shoot 69 free-throws.
Lee scored 18 of his game-high 29 points in the second half, and two of Brazelton's four three-pointers allowed WKU to extend a four-point advantage to seven deep into the game, holding off an FAU team that came in having won 9-of-12.
Tickets for the first round of the Conference Tournament are $20 for reserved seating and $12 for general admission. Groups of 10 or more can purchase tickets for $9 but must be purchased in advance. FAU students are FREE with a valid ID. Purchase tickets online at www.fausports.com and receive a FREE T-shirt courtesy of FAU Athletics.