Hot Springs, AR (Sports Network) - T.J. Price led the way with 18 points as the sixth-seeded Western Kentucky Hilltoppers dismissed the 11th-seeded ULM Warhawks, 74-60, in the first round of the Sun Belt Conference Tournament at Summit Arena.
George Fant added 12 points on 6-of-6 from the field for WKU (17-15), which will battle third-seeded South Alabama in the quarterfinal round on Saturday.
For ULM (4-23), Kyle Koszuta scored 15 points, Millaun Brown tallied 12 points and seven rebounds, while Amos Olatayo and Trent Mackey netted 10 points apiece.
WKU dominated the first half, outshooting ULM from the field, 69.2 percent to 32.3 percent, as it went into halftime with a 46-24 lead.
The Warhawks gained some ground on their deficit after intermission by shooting 56 percent from the field in the second stanza, but the Hilltoppers' advantage was never in question.
WKU was red-hot from 3-point range, connecting on 11-of-22 from beyond the arc.