Hilltoppers dropped first Conference USA contest of the season

WKU fell 79-67 to Old Dominion on Saturday evening

After grabbing a four-point halftime lead and building an 11-point advantage with 15:23 to play in the game, Western Kentucky was outscored 32-9 over the next 12 minutes to eventually fall to visiting Old Dominion 79-67 on Saturday evening.

The loss snapped a five-game winning streak and knocked the Hilltoppers out of first place in Conference USA.

"In the last 13, 14 minutes of that game, they made all those plays and were tougher than we were," WKU head coach Rick Stansbury said. "They made those effort plays, they kept going in transition.  When you go 11, you’ve got to be tough enough as a team to put a foot on someone’s throat and keep it there."

Que Johnson poured in a game-high 24 points for WKU, with Justin Johnson adding 17 points and Pancake Thomas scoring 14.

Much of WKU's second half scoring struggles were a result of poor free throw shooting, where the Hilltoppers connected on just 10 of 18 during the final 20 minutes.

Check out Rick Stansbury's full post-game comments in the video player above.

WKU fell to 9-8 overall and 3-1 in C-USA action.  Up next is a challenging three-game road swing that includes a trio of the league's tougher squads in UAB, Middle Tennessee and Marshall.

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