NORFOLK, Va. — WKU Hilltopper Basketball shot 62.5 percent in the second half
Thursday night at Old Dominion, powering its way to a 75-68 victory – its fifth in a
The Hilltoppers (12-5, 4-0 Conference USA) remained unbeaten in league play and
snapped a six-game losing streak to Old Dominion (12-4, 3-1). WKU hadn’t won in
Norfolk since 1991.
Senior forward Justin Johnson notched his 30th career double-double with 25 points
and 14 rebounds. He shot 10 of 18 from the field – including a career-high 5 of 7
from 3-point range – and also had three blocks and two assists.
Senior guard Darius Thompson scored 24 points, and redshirt junior guard Lamonte
Bearden added 15 points and four assists. Senior forward Dwight Coleby chipped in
eight points and nine rebounds.
WKU jumped out to an early 16-6 lead, in part behind three 3-pointers from Johnson.
Old Dominion answered with six straight points and later used a 12-0 run to pull in
front 30-23 at the 1:49 mark.
But WKU scored seven of the final nine points of the half, including a running 3 off
the glass by Thompson at the buzzer to trim the Hilltoppers’ deficit to 32-30.
WKU quickly pulled back in front with an 8-2 run to start the second half, then used
a 10-2 run to make it 50-41 with 12:23 left on a 3-pointer by Bearden.
Old Dominion pulled within two possessions several times, but the Hilltoppers kept
the Monarchs at bay. No defensive stand was bigger than Johnson’s block and rebound
with 1:22 left that preserved a 68-62 lead and allowed the Hilltoppers to win the
game at the free-throw line.
WKU shot 54 percent from the field for the game, netted 10 of 16 3-pointers and made
11 of 15 free throws.
B.J. Stith had 17 points to lead Old Dominion, which had won seven straight games
coming into the contest.
The Hilltoppers complete their road swing at Charlotte at 6 p.m. CT Saturday.
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