WKU drops 100 points in win over Nicholls State

11/19/2017 10:14 PM

By Ryan Dearbone

The WKU Men’s basketball team (2-1) played about as perfect a first half as you could play. The Hilltoppers broke free from a 13-13 tie with Nicholls State (Southland Conference) to torch the Colonels for 60 points in the first half. Freshman guard, Taveion Hollingsworth led the charge with a perfect first 20 minutes. Hollingsworth went 8 for 8 for 18 points. WKU did most of its work in the paint racking up 38 points to Nicholls State’s 12. The Tops’s zone defense stiffled Tops finished just shy of 70% from the field. The Tops took a 62-32 lead into halftime.

However, the second half saw the Tops struggle mightily. The Tops squandered most of their lead and Nicholls State took advantage. Despite putting WKU in the double-bonus early, Nicholls State became more aggressive and Western became more sloppy. Missed free throws and multiple turnovers caused the Tops headache after headache. Out of 30 free throws taken in the second half, the Tops only made half of them. Also, Hollingsworth became non-existent as he only added 6 more points to his first half totals, finishing with 24 for the game. Still, WKU held on and walked away with a 100-86 victory.

This is WKU’s first 100 point game since December 2014 and first 100 point game against a Division I opponent since 2008. Coach Rick Stansbury says he wasn’t pleased with the way the Tops finished the game and said that going forward, there will be “no margin for error”. This Hilltopper team will have its mettle tested this week as it travels to the Bahamas for the “Battle 4 Atlantis” tournament, where the Tops will first matchup with Top 5-ranked, Villanova on Wednesday afternoon.

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