Monthly Archives: February 2009

Final: WKU 68, MTSU 49

WKU wins it, thus taking the Sun Belt East Division title and overall conference regular season crown. Time to write it up. Check WKUHerald.com for more later.

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Second half, 1:21 to go: WKU 65, MTSU 49

The Blue Raiders are starting to foul at the throw-in and the press is not working. It looks like you can go ahead and crown WKU, because MTSU has gotten desperate. Mendez-Valdez sinks two FTs.

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Second half, 1:37 to go: WKU 63, MTSU 49

The MTSU press is just leading to fouls now. Slaughter gets a breakaway layup and the MTSU shots are not falling, and they seem to be reverting back to first-half form.  Looks like WKU might be dodging a bullet here, considering how this half began. Pettigrew hits 2 FTs, and it’s back to a 14-point lead.

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Second half, 3:46 to go: WKU 57, MTSU 47

Same score, but another development. Green just picked up his 5th foul for MTSU, and he’s out. This could be the opening WKU has waited for that could help them seal it, even though given the halftime score, it shouldn’t be this close. Media TO.

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Second half, 4:06 to go: WKU 57, MTSU 47

Sorry about the typo earlier — it’s the above score. The MTSU press has moved into a trap game in the halfcourt and the Toppers are handling it, but some frenzy forced McDonald to call a 30. Nigel Johnson just picked up foul No. 5 for MTSU, so he’s out as well. Mendez-Valdez hits one of two.

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Second half, 5:55 to go: WKU 56, MTSU 48

MTSU head coach Kermit Davis just got T’d after a call on the MTSU side. Mendez-Valdez hits 1-2 FTs, this after D.J. Magley put back an Anthony Sally missed three as the shot clock expired. Sally just got a breakaway dunk.

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Second half, 7:32 to go: WKU 51, MTSU 44

Western may have found a slight opening. Pettigrew made 2 FTs and a Kerusch rebound got the Toppers the ball back, but a miss by Pettigrew has given the ball to MTSU following a foul on him. They have managed to keep the Blue Raiders from penetrating successfully with their 2-3 zone, though. Sally is overplaying passing lanes and is apt to give up a three if he keeps it up. MTSU is using a 1-2-2 full court press, but it’s not doing much. A Slaughter three as the shot clock expired gave WKU some breathing room.

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