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W. Kentucky 82, Texas-Pan American 58

December 24, 1996

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) _ Tony Lovan scored 19 points and Brad Divine hit two 3-pointers to lead a late first-half spurt as Western Kentucky beat Texas-Pan American 82-58 Monday night.

The Broncs (2-6 overall, 0-1 Sun Belt Conference) tied it at 21 on Ivan Ostarcevic’s basket with 5:43 left in the first half.

Western Kentucky (5-2, 2-0) outscored the Broncs 18-4 to pull ahead 39-25 at the half. Divine led the outburst with his two 3-pointers and a free throw.

The Hilltoppers scored the first two baskets of the second half and the Broncs came no closer than 16 the rest of the way.

Jermel Thomas scored 14 for Western Kentucky, while Divine and Joe Harney had 13 apiece and Steven Bides had 12. Divine also had five assists.

Ostarcevic scored 26 for Texas-Pan American and Rene Salamao had 11.

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