EL PASO, Texas — WKU Hilltopper Basketball begins a stretch of 6 of 10 games on the
road to end the regular season at UTEP at 9 p.m. CT Thursday in El Paso, Texas.
The Hilltoppers are a half-game back of the C-USA lead after beating Marshall 85-74
at home Saturday.
UTEP has lost three straight games, all on the road. WKU leads the all-time series
against UTEP 3-1, but lost the only meeting in El Paso in overtime in 2016 in a game
celebrating UTEP’s 1966 national championship.
WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 1-0 all-time in his career against the Miners.
WKU (15-6, 7-1 C-USA) at UTEP (7-14, 2-7 C-USA)
February 1, 2018 | 9 p.m. CT
El Paso, Texas | Don Haskins Center
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX
100.7 FM flagship), WKUSports.tv (free), TuneInRadio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: CBS Sports Network (John Sadak, pxp | Tim Doyle, analysis)
Live Stats: UTEP Stats
• WKU has won four straight road games, including three straight in C-USA play. The
Hilltoppers haven’t won four straight conference road games since 2013-14.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 959 consecutive games, dating back to March
15, 1987. The 3-point shot was instituted prior to the 1986-87 season. The
Hilltoppers’ streak is the sixth-longest in the nation behind Kentucky, UNLV,
Vanderbilt, Duke and Arkansas.
• WKU’s current scoring average of 78.4 points per game would be the program’s
highest since 1994-95.
• WKU ranks 19th in the country in field goal percentage and second in Conference
USA at 49.5 percent. That percentage would rank eighth for a single season in
• WKU ranks 53rd in the country in 3-point percentage and second in Conference USA
at 38.3 percent. That percentage would rank fifth for a single season in program
• WKU has outscored its opponents 862-622 in the paint this season.
• The Hilltoppers’ six losses have come by a total of 26 points – an average of 4.3
points per game.
• Dwight Coleby ranks second in C-USA in field-goal percentage in league play at 60
percent and is fifth in free-throw percentage in league play at 85.7 percent (42 of
• In his last 18 games, Darius Thompson has 92 combined assists and just 31
turnovers. He has at least four assists in 16 of 21 games this season and ranks
second in C-USA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.7-to-1.
• Through 21 games, Lamonte Bearden has 35 steals. No Hilltopper had more than 28
steals all last year.
• Lamonte Bearden is 76 points from reaching 1,000 for his career across his time at
Buffalo and WKU.
• As of Tuesday, Justin Johnson was ranked ninth among active NCAA players for
career rebounds and tied for 13th in career double-doubles. He’s one of just four
active NCAA players with at least 1,400 career points and 875 rebounds.
• Justin Johnson is ranked 17th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,409 career
points. He needs 102 points to pass Art Spoelstra to move into 16th.
• Justin Johnson is tied with George Fant for eighth on WKU’s all-time rebounding
list with 894 career boards. He needs 31 rebounds to pass Harry Todd for seventh.
Johnson is one of six Hilltoppers in program history ranked in the top 20 in scoring
and the top 10 in rebounding.
• Justin Johnson currently ranks eighth on WKU’s all-time list for career field goal
percentage at 54.5 percent. He’s just over one percentage point from fifth place.
• Justin Johnson needs 106 rebounds to reach 1,000 for his career. That would make
him just the fifth player in WKU history with 1,000 career points and 1,000
rebounds, joining Tom Marshall, Art Spoelstra, Ralph Crosthwaite and Jim McDaniels,
the last to accomplish the feat in 1971.
LAST GAME AGAINST UTEP: JANUARY 26, 2017
Pancake Thomas scored 25 points, Justin Johnson had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and
WKU held off UTEP with a 65-62 win at E.A. Diddle Arena. Thomas hit 7 of 10
3-pointers in the game, including his first five.
MED CENTER HEALTH
The 2017-18 WKU Basketball season is presented by Med Center Health. With The
Medical Center at its core, Med Center Health has served Southcentral Kentucky for
more than 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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