BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball plays its regular season finale
against UTSA at 6:30 p.m. CT Wednesday at E.A. Diddle Arena. The game will air on
beIN SPORTS and will be Senior Night for guard Lamonte Bearden.
The Hilltoppers have clinched a first-round bye in the Conference USA Tournament and
could secure the No. 2 seed with a win Wednesday. WKU is coming off a 76-71 home win
over Southern Miss on Sunday.
UTSA beat UAB on Sunday to snap a three-game slide. WKU leads the all-time series
over the Roadrunners 4-2, including a 96-88 overtime win on Jan. 31 in Diddle. Head
coach Rick Stansbury is 2-2 all-time vs. UTSA.
UTSA (16-13, 10-6 C-USA) at WKU (18-12, 11-6 C-USA)
March 6, 2019 | 6:30 p.m. CT
E.A. Diddle Arena | Bowling Green, Ky.
Listen: Hilltopper IMG Sports Network (WKLX
100.7 FM flagship), (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)
• If WKU can earn the No. 2 seed in the Conference USA Tournament, it would be its
highest finish in five years in C-USA, as well as its highest finish overall since
claiming the No. 2 seed in the Sun Belt in 2014.
• WKU became the fifth program in NCAA history to reach 1,000 straight games with a
made 3-pointer at Rice on Feb. 7. The Hilltoppers’ streak of 1,006 games dates back
to March 15, 1987.
• WKU ranks 11th in the country in total blocks and 12th in blocked shots per game,
and 17th in percentage of opponents’ shots blocked, according to Ken Pomeroy. Its
average of 5.1 blocks per game would be its highest on record. Charles Bassey ranks
second in C-USA in blocks per game (2.4).
• Sophomore guard Taveion Hollingsworth needs just 63 points to reach 1,000. | More
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• In the last nine games, redshirt senior guard Lamonte Bearden has 58 combined
assists against just 15 turnovers. He leads C-USA in conference play with a 3.2-to-1
• Sophomore guard Josh Anderson is 1 of 10 players in the country with at least 120
total rebounds, 50 steals and 21 blocks this season. He’s the only player from
Conference USA to reach those marks.
• WKU freshman center Charles Bassey could become 1 of 3 freshmen in the country
since 1992 – along with Greg Oden and current NBA star Anthony Davis – to average 14
points, nine rebounds and two blocks per game, while also shooting at least 60
percent from the field.
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey ranked second in the nation among freshmen in total
rebounds (297), tied for second in total blocks (72) and third in field-goal
percentage (62.5 percent).
• As of Tuesday, Charles Bassey ranked in the top 30 nationally in double-doubles
(20th), field-goal percentage (13th), blocks per game (14th), total blocks (9th),
rebounds per game (19th), defensive rebounds per game (29th) and total rebounds
• Charles Bassey’s 14 double-doubles this season are the most on record by a
Hilltopper freshman. Bassey leads C-USA in double-doubles and ranks second in the
nation among freshmen in double-doubles.
WKU Ticket Office: Limited single-game tickets for the UTSA game remain available in
person at the WKU Ticket Office, by phone at 1-800-5-BIGRED or online at
• Senior Night honoring guard Lamonte Bearden (pregame at approximately 6:10 p.m.
• 16th piece of 16-piece 100th season commemorative poster (Big Red/Chris Marcus)
for first 3,000 fans
LAST GAME AGAINST UTSA: JANUARY 31, 2019
WKU forced overtime against UTSA, survived the highest-scoring effort from an
opposing player ever at E.A. Diddle Arena, then stormed to victory in overtime for a
96-88 win. UTSA’s Jhivvan Jackson scored 46 points.
MED CENTER HEALTH
The 2018-19 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.