Bassey carries Western Kentucky past Fordham 69-64

NCAA Basketball

ST. THOMAS, U.S. Virgin Islands (AP)Charles Bassey had 24 points and 12 rebounds as Western Kentucky held on to beat Fordham 69-64 in the Paradise Jam on Monday.

Camron Justice added 23 points for the Hilltoppers (6-1), making six of their eight 3-pointers. Bassey made all 10 of his free throws. Jordan Rawls, who was named the Conference USA freshman of the week, had four points and four assists in 26 minutes off the bench.

Antwon Portley had 17 points for the Rams (4-2). Ty Perry added 14 points, and Chuba Ohams had 13 points. Fordham made 10 of 13 shots after the break to cut its deficit in half.

Western Kentucky will play No. 2 Louisville in Nashville on Friday.

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