WKU BASKETBALL | Hilltoppers stun top-seeded UAB

03/10/2016 05:37 PM

For the second time this season, Western Kentucky Men’s Basketball upset the University of Alabama-Birmingham, but this game had Conference USA title hopes on the line. Eight seeded WKU grabbed a 88-77 victory over top-seeded UAB in the opening game of today’s quarterfinal round in the C-USA tournament.

Western’s first win over UAB this season came back in January, in Bowling Green. This win took place in Birmingham with no room for error. Justin Johnson recorded the game’s lone double double, 14 points, 15 rebounds. Fredrick Edmond finished with a team high 19 points to go with seven rebounds, followed closely by senior forward Nigel Snipes with 18 points.

Western Kentucky entered halftime with an 11 point lead, stretched it to 21 with 8:28 to play, and ground out an 11 point win over the conference’s top team. Every time UAB made a run, WKU answered thanks to 52 percent shooting and out-rebounding UAB 50-28.

Western is now set for a 5:00pm ET tip with Old Dominion in the C-USA Semifinals. WKU has lost both of their regular season games against ODU by a combined 10 points.

Garrett Moore

Garrett is a Sports Producer for Spectrum News. He is a graduate of Middle Tennessee State and got his start as a sports photographer. He now produces Sports Night, the state’s only nightly show dedicated to in-depth coverage of all sports in Kentucky. Sports Night airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News or anytime with Spectrum On Demand. Outside the station, Garrett enjoys golfing, hiking, fishing, and prides himself on being all-in as a sports spectator. He won a gift card for playing an air guitar in the student section during an MTSU basketball game. Follow Garrett on Twitter @SportsNightGM for real-time sports updates or if you just want to see the shenanigans that go on behind the scenes in getting Sports Night on the air.

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