WKU wins 4th straight with last-second layup
Jamal Crook grabbed a loose ball and put back the game-winner with 0.7 seconds remaining on the clock, sending Western Kentucky to a 61-59 win at Arkansas-Little Rock.
The victory is WKU's fourth straight on the road and gets the Hilltoppers (13-13, 7-6 Sun Belt) back to .500 on the season. They've won eight of their last 10 games after starting the season with a 5-11 record.
Elizabethtown graduate Steffphon Pettigrew led all scorers with 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for WKU, giving him his third double-double of the season and fifth of his career. Crook finished with nine points and five assists.
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The Toppers led by nine after a first half in which they shot 58 percent.
Pikeville 87, Rio Grande 72: Vance Cooksey led all scorers with 23 points, and the visiting Bears shot 53 percent to win easily and stay just a half game out of second place in the Mid-South Conference.
Stillman 79, Kentucky State 72: Kevin Smith led all scorers with 22 points, but the host Thorobreds couldn't overcome 52 percent shooting by Stillman in the second half.
Georgetown 79, Cumberlands 71: Devon Golden had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Kourtney Tyra (Jackson Co.) added 17 points and four assists as the visiting Tigers edged the Patriots for their third straight win.
Alice Lloyd 79, Asbury 70: Ariel Nickell had 20 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Lady Eagles to their fourth win in a row, which kept them in sole possession of second place in the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with one game to go before the league tournament.
Northern Kentucky 52, Indianapolis 42: Junior Casse Mogan shot 7-for-10 from the floor for a game-high 18 points to lead the visiting Norse.
Kentucky Christian 65, Berea 48: Tanya Bowens hit five of seven three-point shots on her way to a game-high 25 points, and the Lady Knights cruised on the road.
Kentucky State 61, Stillman 49: Courtney Mathewis had 19 points and four assists to lead the host Thorobrettes, who held Stillman to 33 percent shooting.
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Temple: Forward Micheal Eric is out for the season with a fractured right patella, an injury sustained at Tuesday's practice.
Eric was second on the team in rebounding (5.9) and blocked shots (1.6) and averaged 7.1 points a game. But the No. 23 Owls showed no signs of slowing down Thursday, battering Richmond 73-53 to win their 20th straight home game.
Coastal Carolina: A promising season has suddenly turned into a struggle with the Chanticleers losing two starters in two days.
Leading scorer Desmond Holloway was indefinitely suspended Thursday for an eligibility problem, two days after the team's nation-leading 22-game winning streak was snapped in a 59-57 home loss to Gardner-Webb. During that game, starting point guard Kierre Greenwood tore a ligament in his left knee and will be out the rest of the season.