In the midst of a lengthy road swing and in need of a victory, Western Kentucky had four players score in double-figures to pace a 77-59 win at Indiana State on Sunday afternoon.
Pancake Thomas led the Hilltoppers with 22 points, with Que Johnson adding 15 points and Junior Lomomba scoring 12. Justin Johnson notched his fourth double-double of the young season with 14 points and 10 rebounds, while also dishing out a career-best six assists.
"First off, I’m proud for our guys," WKU head coach Rick Stansbury said. "We’ve been fighting, and several games we’d get down in the second half, and we’d hit that wall. For them to keep fighting and come out the way they came out – we beat a really good basketball team tonight."
While WKU was very efficient on the offensive end, connecting on 53.2 percent of its field goal attempts, including a blistering 57.1 percent from beyond the three-point arc, it also had one of its best defensive efforts of the season. The Hilltoppers limited the Sycamores to 37 percent shooting from the field and kept a pair of the team's top offensive threats in check throughout.
"It’s how we won," Stansbury said. "We took their two best players and took them out of the game for the most part."
The win is the first road victory for the Hilltoppers since Feb., 2016 and Thomas hopes its the start of a new trend for WKU.
"I think it’s starting to click," said Thomas. "We got a bad start to the season, but as we keep going, guys start figuring out stuff, and we’ll just keep going."
Up next for WKU (4-5) is a trip to California for a visit to St. Mary's (7-1).