The Hilltoppers entered the game tied with Old Dominion and trailing Middle Tennessee. All three teams won Thursday.
Florida Atlantic trailed at the half, 35-34, but hit back-to-back jumpers to start the second half to take a 38-35 lead and the Owls didn't surrender the lead for good until Lamonte Bearden put Western Kentucky in front with a free throw and Justin Johnson followed it with back-to-back jumpers for a 51-46 lead.
Hollingsworth hit 8 of 12 from the field to lead the Hilltoppers (17-7, 9-2). Dwight Coleby added 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Johnson contributed 12 points and nine boards.
Gerdarius Troutman finished with 21 points to lead FAU (10-14, 4-8). Justin Massey added 13 points and Ronald Delph and Anthony Adger each added 10.
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