EKU MEN'S BASKETBALL | Colonels Top WKU For First Time Since 1987
11/30/2016 10:50 PM
The EKU Colonels (4-4) were too much for the WKU Hilltoppers (3-4) on Wednesday night, snapping a 13-game losing streak to the Hilltoppers that dated back to 1987.
EKU beat WKU 78-59 in front of over 5,000 fans.
It was the first trip to Richmond in the rivalry for the Hilltoppers since 2007.
The Colonels made sure to spoil the trip for the Hilltoppers early. They got off to a fast start in the game, taking a 35-24 lead into halftime.
One of the keys to the fast start was three-point shooting. EKU was 6-17 (35.3%) from downtown in the first half, while WKU was just 1-7 (14.3%).
EKU added more to its lead in the second half by outscoring WKU 43-35 in the game’s final 20 minutes.
Four Colonels scored in double-digits on Wednesday, led by Asante Gist’s 19 points. Meanwhile, Nick Mayo added 14 points, Isaac McGlone had 14 points and Jaylen Babb-Harrison tacked on 13 points for the Colonels.
Gist’s 19 points helped the Colonels outscore the Toppers in bench points 33 to four in the contest.
WKU was led in scoring by Justin Johnson, who had 18 points and eight rebounds.
Junior Lomomba helped the Toppers out by scoring 15 points, nine of which were from the free throw line.
EKU will hope to add to its current two-game winning streak on Saturday, when it hosts Marshall at 4 p.m. ET.
On the other hand, WKU will hope to bounce back on Saturday when it faces Missouri in Columbia, Mo. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. ET.