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Hilltoppers hand Owls first Sun Belt defeat; snap overall win streak

The last time Western Kentucky lost a game was to visiting Florida Atlantic back on January 15th at Diddle Arena. It concluded the Hilltoppers worst conference start in 38 seasons.

Tonight they got a pay back, defeating the Owls (16-7, 8-1) on their court 57-53 before a season high 2,734 at FAU Arena, and dashing FAU’s hopes of setting a program record for most consecutive wins.

“It was nice to have a lively crowd; I wish we had given them a lot more to cheer about”, said Coach Mike Jarvis. “You have to get them into the game early and we didn’t do that tonight.”

The Owls were ice cold in the first half, shooting only 16.7% from beyond the arc (2-12), and allowing the Toppers out to their largest lead at 30-15 with 4:24 to play in the period.

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