HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Charles Bassey scored 14 points and hauled down 17 rebounds -- the freshman's ninth double-double of the season -- and Western Kentucky placed five in double-figure scoring to hold off Southern Miss 66-63 Thursday night.
He's had a career-best 17 rebounds in each of the last two games.
Jared Savage also scored 14 for the Hilltoppers (11-9, 4-3 Conference USA), T.J. Hollingsworth added 12, Josh Anderson 11 and Lamonte Bearden 10. Western Kentucky led for almost the entire game, but never by more than 13.
WKU led 34-21 at the half, but Southern Miss opened the second half on a 23-13 pace and came as close as 47-44 on a Leonard Harper-Baker jump shot with 12:20 to play.
Harper-Baker scored 18 to lead the Golden Eagles (11-9, 3-5), and grabbed 11 rebounds. LaDavius Draine added 15 points -- all from distance -- and had six rebounds.
WKU rebuilt its lead to 64-58 going into the final minute- only to score but two points the rest of the way. Cortez Edwards hit a jumper for Southern Miss and found Tyree Griffin for a 3 in the final seconds.
Hall's lay-in gives Spartans late lead
Xavier Tillman slips a pass to Malik Hall, who lays in the shot to put Michigan State up with less than 30 seconds remaining.
Powell buries clutch step-back 3, plus the foul
Myles Powell nails a step-back 3-pointer with just over two minutes remaining against Michigan State.
Brevard carries Arkansas St. over VMI 71-56
Malik Brevard had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Arkansas State to a 71-56 win over VMI on Thursday night.