BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — After opening the season with the first win of the Rick Stansbury era, WKU Hilltopper Basketball stays at home to host Jacksonville State at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday at E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Hilltoppers kicked off the 2016-17 campaign with a 79-66 victory over Alabama State on Saturday. Que Johnson paced WKU with 16 points and nine rebounds, while seven other players scored at least six points. The Hilltoppers held Alabama State to 35.1 percent shooting, including 20.6 percent in the first half.
Jacksonville State opened its season on the road with a victory at Tulsa and a loss at Missouri State. The Gamecocks (1-1) are led by former Hilltopper coach Ray Harper. WKU is 2-0 all-time against Jacksonville State, with the last victory coming in 1978 in Bowling Green. Stansbury is 4-0 all-time against the Gamecocks.
Wednesday’s contest is considered a campus-site game in the 2016 Global Sports Classic, which takes both teams to Las Vegas for games later in the month.
WKU (1-0) vs. Jacksonville State (1-1)
November 16, 2016 | 8 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 (Bowling Green), WBNA (Louisville)
Live Stats: Gametracker
• WKU is trying to start 2-0 for the first time since the 2010-11 season.
• Rick Stansbury is trying to become the first Hilltopper coach to start his first season 2-0 since Murray Arnold in the 1986-87 campaign.
• WKU is 50-15 (.769) at E.A. Diddle Arena over the last four-plus seasons after going 27-17 (.614) in the three seasons prior. The Hilltoppers are 574-162 all-time at Diddle Arena for a .780 winning percentage.
• The Hilltoppers have won 10 straight nonconference home games dating back to a loss to fourth-ranked Louisville on Dec. 20, 2014.
• The Hilltoppers started guards Junior Lomomba, Pancake Thomas and Que Johnson alongside forwards Justin Johnson and Ben Lawson in their opening win over Alabama State.
• WKU held Alabama State to 20.6 percent shooting and 17 points in the first half. Both were the Hilltoppers’ lowest allowed in a half since holding Troy to 15.6 percent and 17 points on Jan. 4, 2014.
• Graduate senior Junior Lomomba’s 29 points in the preseason win over Kentucky Wesleyan were the most by a Hilltopper in an exhibition since Juan Pattillo scored 31 against Campbellsville on Nov. 5, 2010.
• Junior Justin Johnson needs 335 points this season to become the 49th player in Hilltopper Basketball history to score 1,000 career points.
• Graduate senior Que Johnson needs 149 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at Washington State and WKU. Graduate senior Pancake Thomas needs 248 points to reach 1,000 for his career across his time at New Mexico, Hartford and WKU.
• Senior Ben Lawson ranks fifth in WKU history with 129 career blocked shots. His 66 blocks in 2015-16 were the seventh-most in a season in Hilltopper history. Lawson joins Jeremy Evans, Elgrace Wilborn and Chris Marcus as Hilltoppers with at least 50 blocks in multiple seasons.
• Head coach Rick Stansbury needs six more wins to reach 300 victories for his career.
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 907 consecutive games, dating back to March 15, 1987. The
3-point shot was instituted prior to the 1986-87 season.
• The Hilltoppers drew 4,149 fans for Saturday’s season opener against Alabama State. WKU drew a larger crowd just three times all of last season.
Mister B’s Weekday Two-Pack: 2 tickets to the game and a small pizza for $25. Offer valid online and at the Diddle Box Office (while supplies last).
Coats for Kids: Donate a coat at the gates and receive complimentary admission.
Red Towel Giveaway: First 500 students receive a Red Towel.
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.
MED CENTER HEALTH
The 2016-17 WKU Basketball season is presented by Med Center Health. With The Medical Center at its core, Med Center Health has served Southcentral Kentucky for 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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