GAME NOTES: Toppers finish road swing at Detroit Mercy

DETROIT — WKU Hilltopper Basketball completes its seven-game, month-long road swing at Detroit Mercy at 1 p.m. CT Saturday in Detroit.

The Hilltoppers (4-6) are coming off a 73-51 loss at No. 20 Saint Mary’s, in which the Gaels tallied 23 assists on 31 made baskets. WKU hasn’t played at home since Nov. 22.

WKU leads the all-time series against Detroit Mercy 2-1, including the Hilltoppers’ 79-74 win in Bowling Green last year. The Titans (1-9) have lost nine straight games since an opening win over Adrian. They’re led in scoring by Josh McFolley and Jaleel Hogan, who each average 13 points per game.

WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 2-0 all-time against Detroit Mercy. WKU graduate senior guard Que Johnson will be playing just a few miles from his hometown of Pontiac, Mich.


WKU (4-6) at Detroit Mercy (1-9)
December 17, 2016 | 1 p.m. (CT)
Detroit, Mich. | Calihan Hall (7,917)


Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), TuneIn Radio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: ESPN3 (Watch ESPN)
Live Stats: Detroit Mercy Live Stats


• 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.
• This is the most consecutive regular season games away from home since playing seven straight away from Diddle Arena in the 2002-03 season.
• 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.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 916 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 9 of 17 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 92 of 117 (.786) from the charity stripe.
• WKU has made more free throws (157) than its opponents have attempted (131). The Hilltoppers’ 31 makes vs. North Carolina A&T were their most since netting 33 vs. Ball State on Feb. 22, 2003.
• Pancake Thomas is fourth in C-USA and is tied for 41st nationally at 35.3 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 217 points this season to become the 49th player in Hilltopper Basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
• Graduate senior Que Johnson needs 24 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at Washington State and WKU. Pancake Thomas needs 148 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at New Mexico, Hartford and WKU.
• Ben Lawson ranks fifth in WKU history with 149 career blocked shots. He’s tied for 44th nationally in blocks per game (2.1).
• Head coach Rick Stansbury needs three more wins to reach 300 victories for his career.


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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