BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball turned in one of its most efficient
efforts in recent memory, rolling past in-state foe Eastern Kentucky 83-51 in front
of 5,532 fans at E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Hilltoppers (5-2) had seven players in double figures for the first time since
2001, and they tallied a season-high 24 assists with just six turnovers.
WKU – off to its best start since 2012 – made a season-high 10 of 18 3-pointers and
shot 66.7 percent in the second half, outrebounding Eastern Kentucky 38-28.
Redshirt junior guard Lamonte Bearden led the way with 16 points and six assists,
while freshman guard Taveion Hollingsworth added 14 points and four assists.
Senior guard Darius Thompson, freshman guard Jake Ohmer and senior forward Justin
Johnson all had 11 points. Senior forward Dwight Coleby and freshman forward Marek
Nelson each scored 10 points.
Coleby and Johnson each grabbed seven rebounds, and Thompson handed out nine assists
with no turnovers. Thompson and Bearden combined for 15 assists with two turnovers.
WKU had runs of 13-0 and 9-0 in the first half and led 31-17 at the break. The
Hilltoppers had another 13-0 run in the second half to swell the lead even more and
led by as much as 37 with 2:54 to go.
WKU outscored Eastern Kentucky 44-20 in the paint, 20-6 in points off turnovers and
17-4 on the fast break.
Dedric Boyd led EKU with 18 points.
The crowd of 5,532 was the largest in Diddle Arena since Feb. 28, 2015, against FIU
(7,119) and the largest nonconference home crowd since Dec. 20, 2014, against No. 4
The Hilltoppers stay at home to host Wright State at 4 p.m. CT Saturday at E.A.
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