Boxscore
Western Kentucky 59, Mississippi Valley State 58
Tuesday, March 13, 2012 6:30 PM
Location - University of Dayton Arena, Dayton, Ohio
Officials - Chris Rastatter, Robert Riley, Michael Stephens
Attendance - 8510

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Western Kentucky 19 40 59
Mississippi Valley State 23 35 58

Recap


Western Kentucky 59, Mississippi Valley State 58: Derrick Gordon had 11 points and 11 rebounds to lead Western Kentucky to a remarkable comeback victory over Mississippi Valley State as part of the NCAA tournament’s First Four.

After the Delta Devils (21-13) led by 16 with 4:52 to play, the Hilltoppers (16-18) began their improbable push, scoring 15 unanswered points as part of a 17-1 run to tie the game with 1:14 to play.

T.J. Price gave WKU its first lead of the game on a three-point play with 34 seconds left. The Hilltoppers finished the game on a 23-6 run.

The win sets up a meeting with No. 1 Kentucky in the Round of 64’s South Regional for the Hilltoppers, who have now won seven straight games overall.

Mississippi Valley State looked like a lock for its first NCAA tournament win in school history before a collapse that featured ten consecutive possessions ending in turnovers.

The Delta Devils led 23-19 at halftime after a sloppy first 20 minutes from both squads. Western Kentucky turned the ball over 28 times to MVSU’s 17 but made up for that blemish by dominating on the boards, outrebounding the Hilltoppers 60-32.

Price finished with 11 points for Western Kentucky and George Fant grabbed 11 rebounds. Kevin Burwell paced the Delta Devils with 20 points.

Game Notebook: The Hilltoppers improved to 4-0 all-time against MVSU … WKU remained undefeated (7-0) when holding its opponent to less than 60 points … Western Kentucky is 2-3 all-time against Kentucky, including a 1-1 record in the NCAA tournament.

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Teeng Akol 28:00 3-9 0-1 3-4 2 6 8 0 0 0 4 5 9
Jamal Crook 29:00 3-10 0-0 3-6 3 4 7 3 2 1 3 0 9
George Fant 23:00 2-4 0-0 5-8 6 5 11 2 4 1 3 1 9
Derrick Gordon 37:00 4-13 0-4 3-8 4 7 11 3 4 1 6 0 11
T.J. Price 29:00 3-11 0-5 5-5 3 5 8 1 3 3 2 0 11
Kahlil McDonald 23:00 0-7 0-3 0-0 1 3 4 1 3 0 5 0 0
Vinny Zollo 14:00 2-4 2-3 0-0 1 1 2 0 0 0 2 2 6
Nigel Snipes 3:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
O'Karo Akamune 11:00 1-3 0-0 0-2 1 1 2 0 2 1 1 1 2
Kene Anyigbo 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
TOTAL 200 19-62 2-16 19-33 21 32 53 10 18 7 27 9 59
  30.6% 12.5% 57.6% Team Rebs: 7   Total TO: 27

Mississippi Valley State Delta Devils

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Brent Arrington 22:00 3-6 0-3 1-8 1 3 4 2 5 7 0 1 7
Kevin Burwell 37:00 7-12 3-6 3-4 1 1 2 2 1 0 5 0 20
Paul Crosby 36:00 3-9 0-3 1-3 1 4 5 1 4 3 2 3 7
Terrence Joyner 34:00 1-10 0-5 1-2 2 1 3 4 4 0 4 0 3
Amos Studivant 22:00 0-7 0-0 0-0 2 6 8 0 2 0 2 1 0
Cor-J Cox 27:00 4-11 0-3 2-3 2 5 7 2 3 1 1 3 10
William Pugh 20:00 4-6 1-2 2-2 0 1 1 0 4 0 3 0 11
Luka Pajkovic 2:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-61 4-22 10-22 9 21 30 12 24 11 17 8 58
  36.1% 18.2% 45.5% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 17
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