Making their first debut against opposing competition of the 2015-16 season, Western Kentucky, featuring ten new faces on its roster, received 22 points from Aaron Cosby and had a dominating first half to cruise to a 84-71 exhibition win over visiting Lindsey-Wilson College on Monday evening.
Seeing time at both point guard and shooting guard, Cosby connected on 7 of 13 attempts, including 4 of 8 beyond the three-point arc to lead a scoring effort that also saw Fredrick Edmond and Chris Harrison-Docks both score in double figures.
Distributing the ball more effectively during the first half, the Hilltoppers handed out 12 assists in the opening frame and raced to a 46-27 halftime advantage.
"I think you got a glimpse of what we are capable of," said WKU head coach Ray Harper. "We really shared the ball, made the extra pass. I think we had 12 assists at the half. It got a little to easy and an in the second half our energy level on the defensive end wasn't as good and we just ventured off and starting hooping instead of executing like we did in the first half."
Cosby, who was a perfect 4 of 4 from the free throw line and handed out three assists, played a team-high 31 minutes.
"I was excited all day to finally get out there and play with this team," said Cosby, who transferred to WKU from Illinois.
"He can makes shots and score in a variety of ways," Harper said of Cosby. "I think he's a guy that can get us buckets on a nightly basis."
Chris Harrison-Docks, who started 30 of 32 games last season, came off the bench on Monday night, scoring 15 points.
"I really like having someone like him being that first guy off the bench to be that spark," said Harper.
Edmond finished with 13 points and seven rebounds and Nigel Sipes added nine points.
WKU, which has now won 20 consecutive exhibition contests, will face Kentucky Wesleyan on Friday to finish its preseason schedule. The Hilltoppers officially open the season on Nov. 14 when Campbellsville visits Diddle Arena.