BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky hired Steve Lutz as the Hilltoppers' coach on Saturday, quickly completing a national search a week after Rick Stansbury stepped down.

Lutz guided Texas A&M-Corpus Christi past Southeast Missouri State 75-71 on Tuesday for its first-ever NCAA Tournament victory — a First Four matchup of No. 16 seeds. The Islanders then fell 96-75 to overall No. 1 seed Alabama on Thursday.

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