BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball sent its seniors out in dominant
fashion Saturday night.
The Hilltoppers (22-7, 14-2 Conference USA) controlled things from the outset
against streaking Old Dominion, claiming a convincing 88-66 victory in front of
7,387 fans in the regular-season home finale at E.A. Diddle Arena.
WKU scored the first six points of the game, built it to a 29-9 lead and never
looked back. The Hilltoppers shot 59.3 percent from the field – firing 55 percent or
better for the fifth straight game – and outscored the Monarchs 50-30 in the paint.
Freshman guard Taveion Hollingsworth led WKU with 20 points, but the night truly
belonged to the team’s three seniors.
Senior forward Justin Johnson, who proposed to and received a yes from his longtime
girlfriend before the game during Senior Night festivities, scored 19 points with 11
rebounds for his 34th career double-double. Johnson made the first two baskets of
the game and scored 14 points over the game’s first eight minutes.
Senior forward Dwight Coleby tallied 11 points and eight rebounds, and senior guard
Darius Thompson finished with 11 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
Redshirt junior guard Lamonte Bearden added 10 points, including the 1,000th of his
career, along with four assists and three steals.
WKU notched 18 assists against just eight turnovers and scored 15 points off Old
Dominion’s turnovers. The Hilltoppers kept up the pace in the second half, shooting
62.1 percent after the break and leading by as much as 28 with 9:46 remaining. They
recorded back-to-back wins of at least 20 points for the first time since 2010.
Ahmad Caver led Old Dominion (22-6, 13-3) with 15 points. The Monarchs came into the
game with the nation’s longest road winning streak at nine straight victories.
The Hilltoppers head into an even bigger clash next week with a championship at
stake, traveling to No. 24 Middle Tennessee at 7 p.m. CT Thursday in Murfreesboro,
Tenn. The Blue Raiders are one game ahead of WKU in the league standings.
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