Troy defeats S. Alabama 67-55 in quarterfinals of Sun Belt tournament

HOT SPRINGS, AR - Richard Delk scored 17 points and Brandon Hazzard added 16 to lead top-seeded Troy past South Alabama 67-55 in the quarterfinals of the Sun Belt tournament.

The Trojans used a 15-0 run to open a 20-point advantage in the first half. Troy (19-11) advances to play two-time defending champion Western Kentucky in the semifinals Monday.

Allyn Cooks led ninth-seeded South Alabama (17-15) with 13 points.

Troy led 38-21 at halftime. The Jaguars cut the deficit to eight with 6:31 remaining, but Troy's Vernon Taylor caught an airball by Hazzard under the basket and scored to make it 56-46.