BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball wraps up exhibition play at 7 p.m.
Tuesday when the Hilltoppers host Cumberland University in their final tune-up at
E.A. Diddle Arena.
WKU has already won two exhibition contests this season – a 78-64 victory at Samford
in a charity game for hurricane relief and Wednesday’s 92-51 home win over
NAIA program Cumberland is 2-1 this season after beating 25th-ranked Martin
Methodist on Saturday. The Phoenix are coached by Lonnie Thompson, the father of
Hilltopper graduate senior guard Darius Thompson.
Cumberland University (2-1) at WKU (0-0)
November 7, 2017 | 7 p.m. CT
Bowling Green, Ky. | E.A. Diddle Arena
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• WKU is 57-4 all-time in preseason exhibition games, and the Hilltoppers have won
25 straight preseason tune-ups dating back to a 2002-03 loss to the Harlem
• The Hilltoppers have five players averaging in double figures scoring through two
exhibition games, led by freshman guard Taveion Hollingsworth’s 19.5 points per
• The Hilltoppers have grabbed 27 steals through two exhibition games. They never
recorded more than nine steals in any regular-season game last year.
• Taveion Hollingsworth snagged seven steals in the win over Campbellsville. If the
game had counted, it would’ve been the most steals in a game by a Hilltopper since
Derek Robinson’s seven on Dec. 16, 2000.
• Senior guard Darius Thompson has 17 assists with just five turnovers through two
exhibitions. Including WKU’s three exhibitions in Costa Rica in August, Thompson has
37 assists against nine turnovers.
• Senior forwards Dwight Coleby and Justin Johnson are both averaging double-doubles
through two exhibitions, while freshman guard Jake Ohmer is averaging 15 points per
game with five made 3s.
• With eight newcomers on the roster, WKU returns just two players who competed for
the program last season in seniors Justin Johnson and Tyler Miller. They represent
21.1 percent of the program’s scoring from the 2016-17 campaign, 27.3 percent of the
rebounding and 17.4 percent of the assists.
• WKU’s 2017-18 roster represents five states – Kentucky, Louisiana, Texas,
Tennessee and Wisconsin – as well as two other countries – Senegal and the Bahamas.
The Hilltoppers’ six players from Kentucky are their most from the Bluegrass State
• Justin Johnson is tied for 36th on WKU’s all-time scoring list with 1,120 career
points. He needs 23 points to move past Mike Prince, Jack Turner, Jim Rose and
Dwight Smith into 33rd place.
• Justin Johnson currently ranks seventh on WKU’s all-time list for career field
goal percentage at 55.3 percent. He’s less than a percentage point from fifth
• Justin Johnson needs 302 rebounds – the exact amount he grabbed as a junior – 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.
• The Hilltoppers were picked to finish sixth in the Conference USA Preseason
Coaches Poll, while Justin Johnson was voted to the 10-member Preseason All-C-USA
Team for the second straight season.
• WKU is 60-18 (.769) at E.A. Diddle Arena over the last five seasons after going
27-17 (.614) in the three seasons prior. The Hilltoppers are 584-166 all-time at
Diddle Arena for a .779 winning percentage.
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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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