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).

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