RVING, Texas — WKU center Charles Bassey went toe-to-toe with one of the top
players in the country Saturday and led the Hilltoppers to a memorable win, earning
his fourth Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week Award in the process
The 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, tallied 19 points, six rebounds
and four blocks in WaKU’s 83-76 home upset of No. 15/16 Wisconsin on Saturday at
E.A. Diddle Arena.
Bassey went 7 of 8 from the field and hit all five of his free throws, all while
going up against Wisconsin preseason All-American Ethan Happ. He also added two
assists and a steal.
His defense was stellar, holding the usually efficient Happ to a 9-of-23 performance
from the field and swatting away multiple of the senior star’s shots in the final
minutes of the game.
Bassey and the Hilltoppers begin C-USA play this week at Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. CT