Hilltoppers improve to 12-12 on the season, 6-5 in C-USA play

A trio of Hilltoppers scored in double figures to lead WKU to a 64-47 victory at Southern Miss on Saturday

Justin Johnson recorded his fourth double-double in a row to lead Western Kentucky to a 64-47 win at Conference USA rival Southern Miss on Saturday.

Johnson connected on 5-of-8 attempts to score 12 points and grabbed a career-best 15 rebounds, while Pancake Thomas poured in a game-high 18 points and Que Johnson added 11 in the road win.

"I thought we came out ready to play offensively and defensively," WKU head coach Rick Stansbury said

Utilizing a zone defense frequently throughout the contest, the Hilltoppers defense held the hosts to just 32.8 percent shooting from the floor, including only allowing the Golden Eagles to connect on 2-of-22 three-point attempts.  WKU out-rebounded the Golden Eagles by seven.

"I planned to go to it," Stansbury said. "We were going to start man. I even thought about starting in zone. I don’t do that very often, but the strength of their team is playing off that dribble, playing in motion and driving the ball to the hole.  Controlling that dribble hasn’t been a strength of our team all year long, so choose your poison."

WKU improves to 12-12 overall and 6-5 in Conference USA play.

DISCUSS:  Diddle Arena Forum

Western Kentucky will have a week of rest before a three-game home-stand beginning with Marshall at E.A. Diddle Arena on Saturday at 5:00p.m.  The home-stand also includes key C-USA contests against rival Middle Tennessee and UAB.

"We’ve got teams now at home that beat us before, so it’s going to be great to go home, get some time to practice, get better and go back and get a few wins," senior guard Junior Lomomba said.

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Conference USA Standings

ConfCPct.OverallPct.
Middle Tennessee 10-1 0.909 20-4 0.833
Louisiana Tech 8-3 0.727 16-8 0.667
Old Dominion 7-4 0.636 14-9 0.609
UAB 7-4 0.636 14-10 0.583
UTEP 6-4 0.600 8-14 0.364
Marshall 6-5 0.545 13-11 0.542
WKU 6-5 0.545 12-12 0.500
Rice 5-5 0.500 15-8 0.652
UTSA 5-5 0.500 10-13 0.435
Charlotte 5-6 0.455 11-11 0.500
Florida Atlantic 4-6 0.400 8-13 0.381
Southern Miss 4-7 0.364 7-16 0.304
FIU 1-9 0.100 5-18 0.217
North Texas 0-10 0.000 6-16 0.273


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