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Harrison-Docks hits game-winner as Toppers win at USA

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HARRISON-DOCKS' GAME-WINNER PROPELS WKU PAST SOUTH ALABAMA

MOBILE, Ala. — Chris Harrison-Docks followed a go-ahead three-pointer with 1:19 left in the game with a floater in the lane with four seconds remaining to power the WKU Hilltoppers past South Alabama in the Sun Belt Conference opener for both squads Thursday night in Mobile, Ala.

WKU moves to 9-5 overall and 1-0 in the league with the win. South Alabama dropped to 6-8 and 0-1. The Hilltoppers have now won three-straight Sun Belt Conference openers and six of the last seven. Each of the last eight meetings between WKU and South Alabama have been decided by single digits.

T.J. Price led all scorers with 19 points, and George Fant recorded his second-straight double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds. Harrison-Docks finished with 11 points. Mychal Ammons tallied 15 for the Jaguars.

Neither team was extremely successful offensively to start the game, as South Alabama shot 35.7 percent in the opening 20 minutes (10-for-28) and WKU converted at a 35.3 percent clip (12-for-34) and led 27-25. The Hilltoppers led on the boards 25-15, leading to nine second-chance points. T. Price led WKU with nine points on 4-of-8 shooting, and on his sixth point of the game became the 47th member of WKU's 1,000-point club.

The tight first half featured five ties and five lead changes, and the largest Jaguar lead with five points while the biggest Hilltopper advantage was four.

South Alabama scored 10-straight points to start the second half and led 35-27 at the first media timeout, while WKU missed its first eight shots from the floor.

However, back-to-back three-pointers by Brandon Harris and Harrison-Docks tied the game at 41 as WKU capped off a 14-6 run. With the game coming down to the wire, Antoine Allen hit a three-pointer to put South Alabama ahead 54-53 with 1:54 to go, but after a timeout Harrison-Docks buried a triple in front of the WKU bench to regain the lead.

Ammons followed with a layup to tie the game for the 10th time, 56-56 with 34 seconds left, before Harrison-Docks' floater with under five seconds left secured the victory.

WKU had just four second-half turnovers and 12 for the game. WKU had 17 offensive rebounds and forced 16 Jaguar miscues.

UP NEXT

The Hilltoppers conclude their Sun Belt Conference opening weekend road swing Saturday at Troy at noon (CT). The game will be televised by the Sun Belt Network and will air locally in Bowling Green on WKU PBS. It will also be broadcast on the radio on the Hilltopper IMG Sports Network, airing locally in Bowling Green on WKLX-FM Sam 100.7, with Randy Lee and Hal Schmitt on the call.

The Hilltoppers return home on Thursday, January 9 to host Georgia State. The game on the 9th is Thrifty Thursday, where fans can purchase two reserved bleacher seats for $15.00 or four reserved bleacher seats for $30.00. The Hilltopper Express Deal will also be offered by Centerplate and features one hot dog, one bag of chips and one bottle of Coke for $7.00.

Single-game tickets for the 2013-14 season and various multiple-game packages are on sale now. Fans interested in purchasing single-game tickets or multiple-game packages can call the WKU Ticket Office at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally, or order online at WKUSports.com.

Official release from WKU sports information