Anderson scores 18, WKU hangs on to beat Saint Mary’s 71-68

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Josh Anderson scored 18 points that included nine during a key stretch and Western Kentucky held on to beat Saint Mary’s 71-68 on Saturday.

The Hilltoppers (6-6) broke a two-game skid while Saint Mary’s (8-6) has lost two of its last three since snapping a four-game winning streak.

Anderson scored all nine points during a 9-3 spurt that stretched the Hilltoppers’ lead to 67-56 with 3:33 remaining.

Jordan Ford made three consecutive layups to pull the Gaels to 71-68 with 19 seconds left. Saint Mary’s forced a turnover on WKU’s next possession, but Ford and Malik Fitts each missed a layup, and Charles Bassey blocked Fitts’ jumper with two seconds to go. Fitts got his own rebound and passed to Tanner Krebs, who missed a 3 at the buzzer.

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Taveion Hollingsworth added 16 points for WKU, which shot 58 percent (29 of 50) from the floor.

Ford scored 28 points and Fitts had 26 to lead Saint Mary’s.

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