ST. THOMAS, U.S VIRGIN ISLANDS (AP) — Justin Turner scored 27 points and hit the game-winner with a pretty jump shot in the final four seconds as Bowling Green edged Western Kentucky 77-75 in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam on Friday night.
Dylan Frye had 19 points for Bowling Green (4-1).
The Falcons had fallen behind 74-67 with five minutes remaining, but rallied as Western Kentucky saw a sequence of missed 3, turnover, missed 3, miss and then made one of two free throws with 41 seconds left.
Bowling Green threatened for 10 seconds around the basket, grabbing a series of offensive rebounds and surviving a Charles Bassey blocked shot before Caleb Fields tipped the ball home, cutting the lead to 75-74
The Hilltoppers missed a free throw that Turner rebounded and drove hard downcourt, pulling up at the free throw line to arc his winning jumper over a defender.
Taveion Hollingsworth had 19 points for the Hilltoppers (4-1), whose four-game season-opening win streak was broken. Charles Bassey added 19 points with 12 rebounds, four assists, three blocks and three steals. Carson Williams had 14 points.
Bowling Green matches up against Cincinnati Saturday while Western Kentucky meets Illinois State as the tournament continues.
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