BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Neil Watson's three-point attempt was blocked, and Southern Miss comeback attempt fell short, has they fell, 68-65, at Western Kentucky Wednesday night.
Southern Miss trailed, 30-25, at the half. Chip Armelin followed a steal from Craig with a driving layup. Chris Harrison-Docks then hit a three-pointer to push the lead to six. Armelin hit another layup, but Western Kentucky scored seven of the next eight points to take its largest lead of the game, 40-30.
Following two Watson free throws, Trency Jackson hit a layup. Daveon Boardingham hit a jumper and Aaron Brown drained a three-pointer to cut the deficit to five just seven minutes into the second half.
Harrison-Docks hit another three-pointer, but Brooks drained consecutive three's to cut the deficit to two, 45-43. However, WKU went on a 12-5 run to push its lead back to nine points, 57-48, with 7:10 to play.
A three-pointer from Watson brought it back to six points, but three straight free throws pushed it back to nine. Brooks hit a three and Brown drained a jumper to make it 60-56. Western Kentucky twice pushed it to six, but both times the Golden Eagles responded.
Brooks hit another three and Watson hit a pair of free throws to cut it to 64-63 with 34 seconds left. T.J. Price hit two free throws and Craig hit a layup with 12 seconds left. Southern Miss was forced to foul, but Jackson hit both from the line. Watson last ditch shot to tie it was blocked, and Southern Miss fell for just the second time this year.
Southern Miss shot 44.7-percent (21-of-47) from the floor and 47.4-percent (9-of-19) from three. Western Kentucky shot 17-of-32 (53.1%) from the field and 8-of-16 (50.0%) from three. It also connected on 86.7-percent (26-of-30) from the charity stripe.
Southern Miss travels to Tortola, British Virgin Islands for the BVI Tropical Shootout. The Golden Eagles open the tournament against Coppin State. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. CT.
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