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SBC: Season 2012-2013

SBC Ranking
East Division
 1. Middle Tenn.St. 19-1(27-1) 
 2. S.Alabama 14-6(16-11) 
 3. FIU 11-9(17-12) 
 4. W.Kentucky 10-10(16-15) 
 5. Florida Atlantic 9-11(13-18) 
 6. Troy 6-14(11-20) 
West Division
 1. Arkansas St. 12-8(18-11) 
 2. UALR 11-9(17-14) 
 3. La-Lafayette 8-12(12-19) 
 4. N.Texas 7-13(12-19) 
 5. La-Monroe 3-17(4-23) 

Points Per Game
  Florida .
  Avg: 21.2
 1. Gantt, Florida21.2 
 2. Rubit, S.Alabama19.0 
 3. Payton, La-Lafay.15.9 
 4. Olatayo, La-Monroe15.8 
 5. Moody, Florida15.6 
 6. Price, W.Kentucky15.5 
 7. Long, La-Lafayette15.5 
 8. Murphy, FIU14.7 
 9. Williams, N.Texas14.2 
 10. Smith, FIU14.1 
Rebounds Per Game
 Augustine RUBIT
  Avg: 10.7
 1. Rubit, S.Alabama10.7 
 2. Long, La-Lafayette10.2 
 3. Peterson, Arkansas.9.7 
 4. Mitchell, N.Texas8.5 
 5. Neighbour, UALR7.0 
 6. Murphy, FIU6.7 
 7. Fant, W.Kentucky6.6 
 8. Carter, S.Alabama6.5 
 9. McCoy, Florida6.4 
 10. Franklin, N.Texas6.3 
Assists Per Game
 Elfrid PAYTON
  Avg: 5.5
 1. Payton, La-Lafay.5.5 
 2. James, La-Monroe5.1 
 3. Jones, N.Texas4.6 
 4. Crook, W.Kentucky4.1 
 5. Massey, Middle T.3.3 
 6. Williams, Troy3.3 
 7. Hill, FIU3.2 
 8. Hagins, UALR3.1 
 9. Jones, Troy2.9 
 10. Myers, Troy2.6 
Steals Per Game
 Elfrid PAYTON
  Avg: 2.4
 1. Payton, La-Lafay.2.4 
 2. Hill, FIU2.4 
 3. Jones, N.Texas2.1 
 4. Murphy, FIU1.8 
 5. Jones, Troy1.7 
 6. Townsel, Arkansas.1.6 
 7. Crook, W.Kentucky1.5 
 8. Massey, Middle T.1.5 
 9. Finn, Arkansas St.1.4 
 10. James, La-Monroe1.4 
Blocks Per Game
  Avg: 2.7
 1. Mitchell, N.Texas2.7 
 2. Carter, S.Alabama2.5 
 3. Penn, Florida2.1 
 4. Long, La-Lafayette2.0 
 5. Peterson, Arkansas.1.3 
 6. Akol, W.Kentucky1.3 
 7. Jones, Middle T.1.2 
 8. Rubit, S.Alabama1.2 
 9. Javes, UALR1.2 
 10. Fant, W.Kentucky1.1 

SBC Women 2012-2013
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Western Kentucky University wins the SBC 2012-2013 title (Photo: SunBelt)
Western Kentucky University 2012-13
Ray Harper Ray Harper Harper
Teeng Akol
O'Karo Akamune
George Fant
Brandon Harris
Kevin Kaspar
# Name CM (INCH) Pos Bo NAT
22  Akol Teeng 211 (6'11'') F Sudan
15  Akamune O'Karo 201 (6'7'') F USA
44  Fant George 198 (6'6'') F USA
12  Harris Brandon 185 (6'1'') PG USA
13  Blade Percy 193 (6'4'') G USA
1  Kaspar Kevin 183 (6'0'') PG 92 Turkey
24  Drane Stephon 201 (6'7'') F USA
2  Alcantara Eddie 196 (6'5'') F USA
52  Price T.J. 193 (6'4'') G USA
10  Dickerson Caden 196 (6'5'') G USA
14  Crook Jamal 190 (6'3'') G USA
20  Rostovs Aleksejs 208 (6'10'') C 92 Latvia
11  Sheldon Spence 180 (5'11'') PG USA
21  Snipes Nigel 198 (6'6'') F USA
0  Anyigbo Kene 196 (6'5'') F USA
Head Coach: Ray Harper
Coach Assistant: David Boyden
Coach Assistant: Phil Cunningham

WKU Captures Sun Belt Conference Men's Basketball Championship - Mar 12, 2013

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. -- George Fant (6'6''-F) helped Western Kentucky book its return trip to the NCAA tournament.

Fant had 17 points and 13 rebounds and Western Kentucky earned its second straight NCAA tournament berth with a 65-63 win over Florida International in the Sun Belt Conference championship game Monday night.

The fifth-seeded Hilltoppers (20-15) used the same script as last season, winning four games in four days to secure their fourth NCAA tournament appearance in six seasons. They capped the run by never trailing in the second half and holding on against the resurgent Panthers.

Florida International (18-14) led by as many as eight in the first half one night after shocking top-seeded Middle Tennessee, but the Panthers were unable to overcome 24-of-62 shooting.

Cameron Bell (6'3''-G-90) led four Florida International players in double figures with 15 points. Malik Smith (6'2''-PG-90) had 14, Jerome Fink 13 and Tymell Murphy (6'5''-F-90) 11.

The win caps a remarkable two-year tournament run for Western Kentucky, which survived a mid-season coaching change last year to reach its first NCAA tournament since 2009. The run included an NCAA win over Mississippi Valley State -- with President Barack Obama watching -- and a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky in the second round.

Little came easy in coach
Ray Harper 's second season with the Hilltoppers, including a loss in the regular-season finale against Middle Tennessee.

However, Harper had Western Kentucky once again peaked when it mattered most. The Hilltoppers led 62-60 with less than a minute remaining, and Jamal Crook -- who finished with 17 points -- closed it out with three free throws in the final 23.6 seconds.

Brandon Harris added 12 points for Western Kentucky on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range.

While the Hilltoppers will play on, Florida International heads home after its first season under coach Richard Pitino -- the son of Louisville coach Rick Pitino. Pitino was hired last April, taking over after a three-year stretch during which the school was 26-65 under former coach Isiah Thomas.

Thomas was fired after last season's 16-19 record, paving the way for the younger Pitino to leave his job as an assistant under his father. The elder Pitino was in Summit Arena on Monday night, sitting directly behind the Florida International bench as his son tried to lead the school to its second NCAA tournament appearance.

The Panthers' only other berth came in 1995, and its last winning record before this season came in 1999-2000.

Florida International used a 17-2 run early to build a 19-11 lead. Smith and Bell capped the run with back-to-back 3-pointers for the Panthers, who split the regular season series with the Hilltoppers.

The lead didn't last long, however, as Western Kentucky went on an 11-0 run to pull ahead 22-19 on its way to a 31-29 halftime lead. The Hilltoppers held the lead throughout the second half.

Courtesy of Sun Belt

Sun Belt Tournament Final: WKU - FIU 65-63
Sun Belt Tournament Semifinals:
WKU - Arkansas State 58-56
FIU - Middle Tennessee 61-57

All-Sun Belt 1st Team 2012-2013
T.J. Price
Greg Gantt
Tymell Murphy
Elfrid Payton
Marcos Knight

All-Tournament MVP: T.J. Price (6'4''-G) of W.Kentucky
Player of the Year: Augustine Rubit (6'7''-F-89) of S.Alabama
Defensive Player of the Year: Bruce Massey (6'3''-G-90) of Middle Tenn.St.
Freshman of the Year: Shawn Long (6'9''-F) of La-Lafayette
Coach of the Year: Kermit Davis of Middle Tenn.St.

1st Team
PG: Greg Gantt (6'2'') of Florida Atlantic
F: Tymell Murphy (6'5''-90) of FIU
PG: Elfrid Payton (6'3''-94) of La-Lafayette
G: Marcos Knight (6'2''-89) of Middle Tenn.St.
F: Augustine Rubit (6'7''-89) of S.Alabama

2nd Team
F: Brandon Peterson (6'8'') of Arkansas St.
PG: Stefan Moody (5'10'') of Florida Atlantic
F: Shawn Long (6'9'') of La-Lafayette
F: Tony Mitchell (6'8''-92) of N.Texas
G: T.J. Price (6'4'') of W.Kentucky

3rd Team
F: Will Neighbour (6'10''-90) of UALR
G: Trey Finn (6'2'') of Arkansas St.
PG: Raymond Cintron Cortes (6'0''-90) of Middle Tenn.St.
G: Bruce Massey (6'3''-90) of Middle Tenn.St.
F: George Fant (6'6'') of W.Kentucky

All-Tournament Team
Brandon Peterson (6'8''-F) of Arkansas St.
Malik Smith (6'2''-PG-90) of FIU
Deric Hill (5'9''-PG-93) of FIU
Brandon Harris (6'1''-PG) of W.Kentucky
George Fant (6'6''-F) of W.Kentucky

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