A.J. Slaughter scored 18 points, and Western Kentucky beat South Alabama 64-56 Tuesday night to win the Sun Belt tournament.
The Hilltoppers (24-8) wasted a 15-point first-half lead and
trailed 43-39 in the second. Slaughter put Western Kentucky back
ahead 44-43 with a 3-pointer, part of a decisive 14-3 run that
assured the Hilltoppers their 21st NCAA tournament berth.
Western Kentucky reached the round of 16 last year and provided
one of the tournament's most spectacular plays when Ty Rogers sank
a desperation 3-pointer over three defenders to beat Drake in the
South Alabama (20-13) trailed 27-12 early on and 35-25 at
halftime before a big run to start the second half. DeAndre'
Coleman led the Jaguars with 27 points.