BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball opens the new year with its first
Conference USA road game of the season at Marshall at 6 p.m. CT Saturday in
The Hilltoppers have started 2-0 in conference play for the fifth time in six
seasons, beating LA Tech and Southern Miss at home last week.
Marshall also beat the Bulldogs and Golden Eagles to start 2-0 in league play. WKU
leads the all-time series against the Thundering Herd 13-10, but Marshall has won
Hilltopper head coach Rick Stansbury is 0-2 in his career against the Herd, which
come into the game averaging 88.2 points per contest.
WKU (10-5, 2-0 C-USA) at Marshall (11-4, 2-0 C-USA)
January 6, 2018 | 6 p.m. CT
Huntington, W.Va. | Cam Henderson Center
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship)
TuneInRadio (free) (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
Watch: Stadium (online streaming) (Roger Twibell, pxp | Tim Doyle, analysis)
Live Stats: Marshall Stats
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 953 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 fifth-longest in the nation behind Kentucky, UNLV,
Vanderbilt and Arkansas.
• WKU trailed for just 26 combined seconds in its two opening Conference USA wins.
• WKU ranks 25th in the country in field goal percentage and first in Conference USA
at 49.4 percent. That percentage would rank seventh for a single season in program
• WKU ranks 45th in the country in 3-point percentage and first in Conference USA at
39.2 percent. That percentage would rank fourth for a single season in program
• WKU has outscored its opponents 608-429 in the paint this season.
• The Hilltoppers’ five losses have come by a total of 22 points – an average of 4.4
points per game.
• In his last 12 games, Darius Thompson has 63 combined assists and just 17
turnovers. He has at least four assists in 13 of 15 games this season and leads
C-USA in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.7-to-1.
• Darius Thompson has scored in double figures in all but one game. It took Thompson
15 games to score more points (210) than he had in any previous entire season at
Virginia or Tennessee.
• Darius Thompson ranks 18th in the country in minutes per game (36.8) and 22nd in
total minutes (552).
• Taveion Hollingsworth has scored at least 12 points in nine straight games.
• Through 15 games, Lamonte Bearden has 28 steals. No Hilltopper had more than 28
steals all last year.
• Lamonte Bearden is 134 points from reaching 1,000 for his career across his time
at Buffalo and WKU.
• As of Thursday, Justin Johnson was tied for ninth among active NCAA players for
career rebounds and tied for 10th in career double-doubles. He’s one of just five
active NCAA players with at least 1,300 career points and 800 rebounds.
• Justin Johnson is ranked 22nd on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,308 career
points. He needs 11 points to pass Chuck Rawlings and Darel Carrier to move into
• Justin Johnson currently ranks eighth on WKU’s all-time list for career field goal
percentage at 54.7 percent. He’s just over one percentage point from fifth place.
• Justin Johnson needs 27 rebounds to tie Dwight Smith for 10th on WKU’s all-time
career list with 856.
• Justin Johnson needs 171 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 MARSHALL: FEBRUARY 11, 2017
Jon Elmore scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Austin Loop sank six 3s and
finished with 20 points, and Marshall held on for an 84-79 win at WKU. Que Johnson
led the Hilltoppers with 17 points.
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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