WKU BASKETBALL | Hilltoppers get tested in exhibition opener

11/01/2016 10:45 PM

It was closer than most exhibitions typically get, but Western Kentucky put win number one behind them, beating Campbellsville University 87-79 in Rick Stansbury’s coaching debut on the hill.

It was a familiar face that led the way for Western Kentucky, junior forward Justin Johnson scoring a team high 22 points, and rounding out the double double with 12 rebounds. It was Tennessee transfer Willie Carmichael who pulled in the most rebounds on the evening, grabbing a game high 13 to go with 11 points.

Carmichael earned the start alongside WKU’s three new Graduate Transfers and returning senior Ben Lawson. Lawson finished with 11 points and six rebounds, Pancake Thomas went 6-of-12 from the floor to record 17 points, Que Johnson fouled out of the game in a staggering 15 minutes of play, and Junior Lomomba posted 11 points, five rebounds, and three assists in his first game as the starting point guard.

Campbellsville kept the game close until the closing minutes, trailing by less than five points with just over five minutes to play. The Tops then mounted a 8-2 run to close the game in front of the fans at EA Diddle Arena. Western has one more exhibition this Saturday against Kentucky Wesleyan at 9:00pm ET (8:00pm CT). The Tops open the regular season on Nov. 12 against Alabama State.


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