BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — The 98th season of WKU Hilltopper Basketball tips off at 1 p.m.
CT Sunday for a great cause, as the Hilltoppers partner with Samford to raise money
for the ongoing hurricane relief effort with a “Pack The Pete For Hurricane Relief”
game at the Pete Hanna Center in Birmingham, Ala.
The NCAA has granted numerous programs waivers to add an exhibition game with the
proceeds going to relief efforts following a series of devastating hurricanes in the
United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Proceeds from Sunday’s game will be donated to the Red Cross Hurricane Irma Relief
Fund for Florida.
“We just thought it would be good to have an opportunity to go play somebody else
besides ourselves,” WKU head coach Rick Stansbury said. “We look at it as an extra
game you can learn about your team, and again, it’s for a great benefit. Everybody
Admission is free for the game, but a $10 donation is being requested from the
Samford Athletic Department to help provide relief for Hurricane Irma victims in
Gates will open to the arena Sunday at noon.
The Hilltoppers and Bulldogs have met eight times before in regular-season
competition, with WKU winning each matchup. They last met on Nov. 23, 2013, in
Bowling Green, when the Hilltoppers pulled out a 67-64 victory. Before that meeting,
the teams hadn’t played since 1986.
Last year, Samford finished 20-16 under head coach Scott Padgett – the program’s
most victories in 11 years and its first winning season since 2005-06.
“We just need to play with a lot of energy and toughness,” WKU senior forward Dwight
Coleby said. “That’s all coach really wants. I think it will be a good experience
for everyone come out and try to fit together and play well together.”
WKU at Samford
Sunday, October 29, 2017 | 1 p.m. CT
Birmingham, Ala. | Pete Hanna Center
Video/Audio: No live stream or WKU radio broadcast
Live Stats: StatBroadcast
• WKU is 55-4 all-time in preseason exhibition games, although those are typically
played at home and against non-Division I opponents. The Hilltoppers have won 23
straight preseason tune-ups dating back to a 2002-03 loss to the Harlem
• WKU has made at least one 3-pointer in 938 consecutive games, dating back to March
15, 1987. The 3-point shot was instituted prior to the 1986-87 season.
• With nine 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
since the 2007-08 squad that advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
• 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.
• Lamonte Bearden has 269 total assists across his first two college seasons at
Buffalo. His 144 assists as a freshman at UB would rank ninth in WKU’s record book
for most assists in a single season.
• 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.
Admission is free, but the Samford is requesting a $10 donation at the door to
benefit the Red Cross Hurricane Irma Relief Fund for Florida.
LAST GAME AGAINST SAMFORD: NOVEMBER 23, 2013
T.J. Price’s 28 points and Brandon Price’s spark in the second half led the
Hilltoppers to a 67-64 win over Samford in E.A. Diddle Arena. George Fant followed
T.J. Price in scoring production with 17 points. Isaiah Williams led Samford with
15 points while Tim Williams and Raijon Kelly had 11 and 10, respectively. Samford
shot 56 percent from the floor while tabbing 42 points in the paint compared to
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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
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specialties. Whether it is emergency treatment for heart attack victims or
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