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2008-2009 Sun Belt Men's Basketball Tournament

Tournament Information

Tournament Dates: Mar 4 - 10, 2009
Tournament Champions: Western Kentucky
Tournament Runner Up: South Alabama
Tournament MOP/MVP: A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky, Jr.)
All-Tournament Team: A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky, Jr.), Josh White (North Texas, So.), DeAndre Coleman (South Alabama, Jr.), Domonic Tilford (South Alabama, Jr.), Orlando Mendez-Valdez (Western Kentucky, Sr.), Sergio Kerusch (Western Kentucky, So.)
Championship Game Venue: Summit Arena (Hot Springs, AR)
Tournament Attendance: N/A
Tournament Officials: Duke Edsall, Brad Ferrie, Tim Gattis, David Hall, Brent Hampton, Jeb Hartness, James Hicks, Eddie Jackson, Craig Lane, Danny Leasure, Hal Lusk, Jeff Malham, Barry Mathis, Kevin Mathis, Brent Meaux, Gene Menees, Terry Moore, Craig Murley, Kyle Neve, Tom O'Neill, Brandon Pipkin, Steven Pyatt, Rick Randall, Curtis Shaw, Bert Smith, Winston Stiff, Mike Thibodeaux, Andrew Walton, Mark Whitehead, Tom Yoshida
 

Tournament Leaders

Total Points:Domonic Tilford (South Alabama, Jr.) (62)
Total Rebounds:DeAndre Coleman (South Alabama, Jr.) (33)
Total Assists:Orlando Mendez-Valdez (Western Kentucky, Sr.) (17)
Total Steals:LaShun Watson (South Alabama, Jr.) (6)
Total Blocks:Russell Hicks (Florida International, Sr.) (6), Brandon Davis (South Alabama, Sr.) (6)
Total Minutes:Domonic Tilford (South Alabama, Jr.) (152)
Total FIC:DeAndre Coleman (South Alabama, Jr.) (52.1)
Total Fouls:Brandon Davis (South Alabama, Sr.) (16)
Total Turnovers:Domonic Tilford (South Alabama, Jr.) (14)
Total FGs:DeAndre Coleman (South Alabama, Jr.) (25)
Total 3PM:Domonic Tilford (South Alabama, Jr.) (9)
Total FTs:Domonic Tilford (South Alabama, Jr.) (15), A.J. Slaughter (Western Kentucky, Jr.) (15), Eric Tramiel (North Texas, Jr.) (15), Josh White (North Texas, So.) (15)

Tournament Bracket

First Round
8 Louisiana-Lafayette 69
9 Florida International 71
 
 
 
 
 
4 North Texas 79
13 Florida Atlantic 73
 
 
 
 
5 Middle Tennessee State 69
12 Arkansas State 62
 
6 South Alabama 62
11 New Orleans 60
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
7 Denver 66
10 Louisiana-Monroe 57
 
Quarterfinals
 
1 Western Kentucky 66
9 Florida International 48
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
4 North Texas 88
5 Middle Tennessee State 79
3 Troy 75
6 South Alabama 78
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 Arkansas-Little Rock 58
7 Denver 55
Semifinals
 
 
 
1 Western Kentucky 77
4 North Texas 70
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2 Arkansas-Little Rock 44
6 South Alabama 54
Championship Game
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
1 Western Kentucky 64
6 South Alabama 56

Tournament Participants

Seed School Overall Wins Overall Losses Overall
Win %
Conference Wins Conference Losses Conference
Win %
2 Arkansas-Little Rock 22  75.86% 15  83.33%
12 Arkansas State 13  16  44.83% 13  27.78%
7 Denver 14  15  48.28% 50.00%
13 Florida Atlantic 25  19.35% 16  11.11%
9 Florida International 12  19  38.71% 11  38.89%
8 Louisiana-Lafayette 10  19  34.48% 11  38.89%
10 Louisiana-Monroe 10  19  34.48% 12  33.33%
5 Middle Tennessee State 17  13  56.67% 10  55.56%
11 New Orleans 11  18  37.93% 12  33.33%
4 North Texas 18  11  62.07% 11  61.11%
6 South Alabama 17  12  58.62% 10  55.56%
3 Troy 19  11  63.33% 14  77.78%
1 Western Kentucky 21  72.41% 15  83.33%
*Wins, Losses and Win % based on team records entering the tournament.

Tournament Schedule

Date Away Team Home Team Result Venue Home Leaders Away Leaders
Mar 4, 2009
#11 New Orleans (L) #6 South Alabama (W) 60-62 Mitchell Center PTS: 13. Domonic Tilford
REB: 10. DeAndre Coleman
AST: 2. LaShun Watson
PTS: 17. Kyndall Dykes
REB: 10. Kyndall Dykes
AST: 3. Kyndall Dykes
Mar 4, 2009
#13 Florida Atlantic (L) #4 North Texas (W) 73-79 UNT Coliseum PTS: 24. Josh White
REB: 7. Eric Tramiel
AST: 3. Dominique Johnson
PTS: 23. Paul Graham III
REB: 9. Carlos Monroe
AST: 5. Alex Tucker
Mar 4, 2009
#10 Louisiana-Monroe (L) #7 Denver (W) 57-66 Magness Arena PTS: 28. Nate Rohnert
REB: 8. Sabatino Chen
AST: 4. Sabatino Chen
PTS: 16. Dynile Forbes
REB: 13. Lawrence Gilbert
AST: 3. Brandon Williams
Mar 4, 2009
#12 Arkansas State (L) #5 Middle Tennessee State (W) 62-69 Murphy Center PTS: 13. Kevin Kanaskie
REB: 6. Kevin Kanaskie
AST: 3. Nigel Johnson
PTS: 18. Daniel Bryant
REB: 7. Eric McKinney
AST: 4. Daniel Bryant
Mar 4, 2009
#9 Florida International (W) #8 Louisiana-Lafayette (L) 71-69 Cajundome PTS: 15. Tyren Johnson
REB: 10. Tyren Johnson
AST: 4. Randell Daigle
PTS: 15. Freddy Asprilla
REB: 11. Freddy Asprilla
AST: 4. Josue Soto
Mar 8, 2009
#7 Denver (L) #2 Arkansas-Little Rock (W) 55-58 Summit Arena PTS: 21. Shane Edwards
REB: 8. Shane Edwards
AST: 5. Shane Edwards
PTS: 27. Rob Lewis
REB: 5. Rob Lewis
AST: 8. Nate Rohnert
Mar 8, 2009
#5 Middle Tennessee State (L) #4 North Texas (W) 79-88 Summit Arena PTS: 27. Josh White
REB: 6. Josh White
AST: 6. Josh White
PTS: 26. Montarrio Haddock
REB: 8. Eric Allen
AST: 8. Nigel Johnson
Mar 8, 2009
#6 South Alabama (W) #3 Troy (L) 78-75 Summit Arena PTS: 22. Brandon Hazzard
REB: 8. Richard Delk
AST: 8. Michael Vogler
PTS: 20. Domonic Tilford
REB: 12. Brandon Davis
AST: 5. LaShun Watson
Mar 8, 2009
#9 Florida International (L) #1 Western Kentucky (W) 48-66 Summit Arena PTS: 18. Orlando Mendez-Valdez
REB: 9. Steffphon Pettigrew
AST: 6. Orlando Mendez-Valdez
PTS: 12. Michael Dominguez
REB: 6. Freddy Asprilla
AST: 4. Freddy Asprilla
Mar 9, 2009
#4 North Texas (L) #1 Western Kentucky (W) 70-77 Summit Arena PTS: 23. Sergio Kerusch
REB: 10. Sergio Kerusch
AST: 4. A.J. Slaughter
PTS: 20. Dominique Johnson
REB: 6. Harold Stewart
AST: 7. Josh White
Mar 9, 2009
#6 South Alabama (W) #2 Arkansas-Little Rock (L) 54-44 Summit Arena PTS: 10. John Fowler
REB: 10. John Fowler
AST: 3. Brandon Patterson
PTS: 17. Bryan Sherrer
REB: 12. Brandon Davis
AST: 3. Bryan Sherrer
Mar 10, 2009
#6 South Alabama (L) #1 Western Kentucky (W) 56-64 Summit Arena PTS: 18. A.J. Slaughter
REB: 7. Steffphon Pettigrew
AST: 8. Orlando Mendez-Valdez
PTS: 27. DeAndre Coleman
REB: 9. DeAndre Coleman
AST: 5. DeAndrae Ross