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GAME NOTES: Toppers continue road swing with stop at No. 20 Saint Mary’s

MORAGA, Calif. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball continues its seven-game road swing with a trip to No. 20 Saint Mary’s at 9 p.m. CT Wednesday in Moraga, Calif.

The Hilltoppers (4-5) are coming off a 77-59 victory at Indiana State, their first road win of the year and their first road victory overall since Feb. 25, 2016, at Middle Tennessee. It was also their largest true road win since a 69-51 victory at Louisiana-Monroe on Jan. 23, 2014.

This will be the first meeting between WKU and Saint Mary’s. The Gaels (7-1) are one of the most experienced teams in the country and are coming off an 84-53 home win over UC Irvine on Sunday. They average 18 assists per game and are ranked 22nd in the RPI. Jock Landale leads Saint Mary’s with 18.4 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 1-1 all-time against the Gaels.

WKU is 35-96 all-time against ranked opponents, most recently beating No. 25 Old Dominion on Jan. 10, 2015. The Hilltoppers haven’t won a true road game against a ranked opponent since Nov. 15, 2001, at No. 4 Kentucky.

GAME 10

WKU (4-5) at No. 20 Saint Mary’s (7-1)
December 14, 2016 | 9 p.m. (CT)
Moraga, Calif. | McKeon Pavilion (3,500)

BROADCAST

Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), TuneIn Radio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: Campus Insiders (Online Stream); Comcast Hometown Network (Online Stream)
Live Stats: Saint Mary’s Live Stats

QUICK SHOTS

• Starting Nov. 23, WKU will not play at home for almost a full calendar month. The Hilltoppers play seven straight games on the road or at neutral sites before returning to host Ohio on Dec. 21.
• WKU will travel more than 10,000 miles and play in six different states and three time zones on the road swing.
• This is the most consecutive games away from home for the Hilltoppers since 2007-08, when they played eight in a row away from the end of the regular season to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
• WKU will go 29 days between home games, the most since going 42 days between home contests from Dec. 11, 1999, to Jan. 22, 2000.
• In games where the opponent shot 20-plus 3s, WKU has never held a foe to a lower 3-point percentage than it did at indiana State (8.3 percent). It was the lowest 3-point percentage for a WKU opponent since Kansas went 0-for-6 from deep in the 2013 NCAA Tournament.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 915 consecutive games, dating back to March 15, 1987. The 3-point shot was instituted prior to the 1986-87 season.
• Junior Justin Johnson has made 7 of 14 shots from 3-point range this year after netting just one 3-pointer over his first two seasons.
• Graduate senior Pancake Thomas and graduate senior Junior Lomomba are a combined 53 of 67 from the free-throw line. WKU’s guards are a combined 90 of 114 (.789) from the charity stripe.
• WKU has made more free throws (147) than its opponents have attempted (126). The Hilltoppers’ 31 makes vs. North Carolina A&T were their most since netting 33 vs. Ball State on Feb. 22, 2003.
• WKU has outscored its opponents by six points overall in the first half, but has been outscored by 39 total points in the second half of its nine games. WKU’s opponents have made 26 more 3-pointers.
• Pancake Thomas is second in C-USA and is tied for 26th nationally at 36.0 minutes played per game.
• Graduate transfer seniors Que Johnson, Pancake Thomas and Junior Lomomba all reached the 100th career game milestone this season.
• Justin Johnson needs 228 points this season to become the 49th player in Hilltopper Basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
• Graduate senior Que Johnson needs 35 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at Washington State and WKU. Pancake Thomas needs 152 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at New Mexico, Hartford and WKU.
• Head coach Rick Stansbury needs three more wins to reach 300 victories for his career.

MED CENTER HEALTH

The 2016-17 WKU Basketball season is presented by Med Center Health. With The Medical Center at its core, Med Center Health has served Southcentral Kentucky for 90 years, and its system of care includes six acute care hospitals, a complete network of immediate to emergency services and services in dozens of specialties. Whether it is emergency treatment for heart attack victims or preventative programs to improve the health of the communities it serves, Med Center Health is committed to providing the highest level of care and service.

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