Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball will take a one-game highway journey to Louisiana Tech on Thursday night time at 8 p.m. CT. The competition will likely be televised on CBS Sports activities Community.
 
The Hilltoppers are not too long ago coming off a 76-62 loss to #24 Florida Atlantic at residence. Louisiana Tech had a bye for the Monday night time recreation across the league and not too long ago fell to UAB at residence 81-74.
 
This will likely be WKU’s fourth recreation in eight days. The all-time collection between the applications is tied at 20-20. WKU is 7-6 in opposition to the Bulldogs within the Rick Stansbury period.
 
WKU VS. LOUISIANA TECH SERIES BREAKDOWN
Total Historical past: Tied at 20-20
Collection File at Ruston: Louisiana Tech leads 10-6
Final Assembly: Louisiana Tech 59, WKU 57 | March 10, 2022 | C-USA Quarterfinals – Frisco, Texas
 
WKU Hilltopper Basketball’s season got here to a detailed with a good 59-57 loss to Louisiana Tech within the Convention USA Match quarterfinals in Frisco, Texas.
 
The Hilltoppers pulled in entrance 57-54 with 3:47 left, however did not rating once more.
 
Louisiana Tech acquired a floater within the lane to tug inside one with 2:52 to go, after which Kenneth Lofton Jr. scored the go-ahead basket with 24 seconds left.
 
Lofton Jr. added a single free throw with 4 seconds to go, and WKU’s ultimate heave on the buzzer was off the mark.
 
Sophomore guard Dayvion McKnight led WKU with 20 factors and 7 rebounds.
 
Fifth-year senior guard Josh Anderson tallied 16 factors, 5 rebounds and 4 steals in his ultimate recreation within the Hilltopper uniform, whereas graduate senior guard Camron Justice added 15 factors in his ultimate faculty recreation.
 
Junior heart Jamarion Sharp added 4 factors, 10 rebounds and 6 blocks.
 
The Hilltoppers completed 3-for-21 from 3-point vary however missed their first 9 long-range pictures, whereas Louisiana Tech made seven 3s earlier than the break to construct a lead as giant as 14 at 31-17 with 6:03 left.
 
WKU got here charging again by ending the half on a 16-5 run, together with a four-point play by Justice and one other 3 with eight seconds to go that reduce it to 36-33 at halftime.
 
The Hilltoppers took their first lead of the sport at 50-49 on a transition 3 by Anderson with 9:37 to play.
 
Anderson’s steal and dunk put WKU up 56-54 with 4:25 remaining, and McKnight tacked on a free throw with 3:48 left, however that was the place the Tops’ scoring ended.
 
Keaston Willis led Louisiana Tech with 17 factors, whereas Lofton Jr. completed with 15 factors, 12 rebounds and 5 assists.
 
TOP STORYLINES


During the last 10 video games, Dayvion McKnight is averaging 21.4 factors and 5.7 rebounds per recreation whereas capturing 49.1% (81-165) from the sphere and 80.8% (42-54) from the charity stripe. He is scored 25 factors or extra in 5 of these 10 video games. He is capturing 58.5% (10-17) from 3 in convention play.
Head coach Rick Stansbury has missed the final seven video games, all in convention play, as a consequence of well being points. Affiliate head coach Phil Cunningham stepped within the interim as he did earlier than in 2021.
WKU took its first three convention losses by a complete of 12 factors. The Hilltoppers are outscoring opponents 225-190 within the first half however being outscored 265-303 within the second.
As of Wednesday, Jamarion Sharp leads the nation in whole blocks (77) and blocks per recreation (4.3), main the Hilltoppers to sixth within the nation as a group in blocks per recreation (5.9).
In simply 50 video games as a Hilltopper, Jamarion Sharp broke this system document for blocks in a profession, beforehand held by Jeremy Evans.
Jamarion Sharp’s 77 blocks are greater than what 80% of Division I applications have logged as a group. His common of 4.3 blocks/recreation is greater than what 78% of Division I groups are averaging.
Within the final two seasons, Dayvion McKnight has began in all 50 of WKU’s contests, scoring no less than 10 factors in 43 of these.
With 13 blocks in opposition to Indianapolis on Nov. 15, the Hilltoppers broke this system’s document for blocks in a single recreation.

 
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