BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball returns from a holiday reprieve to host Austin Peay at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday at E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Hilltoppers (5-7) are coming off a 67-66 win over Ohio on Dec. 21, in which they rallied from a 21-4 deficit in the first half to improve to 4-0 at home this season. Freshman Damari Parris’ free throw with 1.8 seconds left proved to be the game-winner.
Austin Peay (4-9) most recently fell 97-62 at then-No. 16 Indiana on Thursday. WKU leads the all-time series against the Governors 39-14 and has won seven straight matchups, including a 77-70 win in the 2014-15 campaign.
WKU head coach Rick Stansbury has never faced Austin Peay, but he is very familiar with the program. Stansbury got his first full-time assistant coaching job with the Governors from 1985-90 under coach Lake Kelly. Austin Peay recorded three straight winning seasons, including an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament title and an NCAA Tournament second-round berth in 1986-87.
Austin Peay (4-9) at WKU (5-7)
December 28, 2016 | 7 p.m. (CT)
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena (7,326)
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), TuneIn Radio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: Fox College Sports, WKU PBS, WBNA (radio simulcast)
Live Stats: Gametracker
• WKU is 53-15 (.779) at E.A. Diddle Arena over the last four-plus seasons after going 27-17 (.614) in the three seasons prior. The Hilltoppers are 577-162 all-time at Diddle Arena for a .781 winning percentage.
• The Hilltoppers have won 13 straight nonconference home games dating back to a loss to fourth-ranked Louisville on Dec. 20, 2014.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 918 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 20 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 57 of 71 (.803) from the free-throw line. WKU’s guards are a combined 104 of 134 (.776) from the charity stripe.
• WKU has made more free throws (184) than its opponents have attempted (158). 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 tied for second in C-USA and 27th nationally at 35.6 minutes played per game.
• Graduate transfer seniors Que Johnson, Pancake Thomas and Junior Lomomba have all reached the 100th career game milestone this season.
• Justin Johnson needs 187 points this season to become the 49th player in Hilltopper Basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
• Pancake Thomas needs 122 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at New Mexico, Hartford and WKU. Que Johnson reached 1,000 points across his time at WKU and Washington State vs. Ohio on 12/21/16.
• Ben Lawson ranks fifth in WKU history with 151 career blocked shots. He’s tied for third in C-USA in blocks per game (1.9).
• Head coach Rick Stansbury needs two more wins to reach 300 victories for his career.
• During its recent seven-game, month-long road swing, WKU traveled more than 10,000 miles and played in six different states and three time zones, and played in front of 35,525 total fans.
• The road swing was 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 went 29 days between home games, the most since going 42 days between home contests from Dec. 11, 1999, to Jan. 22, 2000.
Fan Appreciation Night: All tickets for the game are available for just $10.
Mister B’s Weekday Two-Pack: Two tickets to the game and a small pizza for $25. Offer valid online and at the Diddle Box Office (while supplies last).
WKU Ticket Office: Online at WKUTickets.com, in person at E.A. Diddle Arena, via phone at 1-800-5-BIG Red or 745-5222 locally.
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