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The Western Kentucky Hilltoppers on Friday night upset the West Virginia Mountaineers, 63-57, at the Myrtle Beach Invitational.
Freshman center Charles Bassey produced a double-double with 13 points and 15 rebounds as the Hilltoppers (3-1) advanced to Sunday’s championship game against Central Florida.
Bassey, a 6-foot-11 native of Nigeria native who played in high school at St. Anthony in San Antonio, keyed a major upset victory for Conference USA by blocking a shot and making two steals.
Asked about playing against West Virginia’s Sagaba Konate, Bassey told Brad Stephens of the Bowling Green Daily News, “I’ve played against kids like him before. I’m ready to play against anybody.”
Three Western Kentucky guards scored in double figures, including guard Taveion Hollingsworth with 13 points, Josh Anderson (12) and Jared Savage (11).
Forward Esa Ahmad had 12 points and five rebounds for the Mountaineers (1-2) of the Big 12.
The Mountaineers committed 22 turnovers, causing coach Bob Huggins to call his team’s performance “a train wreck.”
“You can’t score when you throw it out of bounds 22 times,” he told the West Virginia radio broadcast.
Trailing by six, West Virginia made a late charge to tie the game at 57-57 on a free throw by Konate.
On the other end, Desean Murray elevated and dunked with the shot clocking winding down to spark a 6-0 run to the finish for the Hilltoppers.