WKU BASKETBALL| Western falls to Marshall in Conference USA opener

01/03/2016 06:06 PM

The Western Kentucky Basketball team opened up conference play on the road Sunday afternoon. The Hilltoppers dropped to 8-6 on the season after losing to Marshall 94-76. This is WKU’s first loss in a conference opener since losing to Arkansas State in 2011.

A key 11-0 drive by the Thundering Herd distanced Western early. The ‘Toppers went into the locker room at the half trailing by 16 points, and being held scoreless the final 3:36 of the first half. WKU came out of the break and shot over 60 percent to finish the game, but it was still not enough to retake control of the lead.

Marshall owes it success to three point shooting. Despite being outshot by WKU 55 percent to 52.1 percent, the Thundering Herd dropped in nine more three point shots than Western. WKU also struggled with maintaining possession, committing a season high 20 turnovers.

Justin Johnson led WKU with 24 points on 11-of-13 shooting.His 16 first-half points were the most in a first half by a WKU player this season. Chris McNeal and Anton Waters shared the team high seven rebounds.

Up next is The Hilltoppers’ C-USA home opener on Thursday against FIU at 8:00 PM (ET).

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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