Thundering Herd take down the Hilltoppers in overtime

WKU guard Fredrick Edmond (25) screams after a slam dunk during overtime of an NCAA college basketball game against Marshall at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green, Kentucky, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016. Nick Wagner/HERALD

Matthew Stewart

On Saturday night, the Thundering Herd of Marshall University came in to Diddle Arena on a mission to sweep the Hilltoppers during conference play.   

Marshall managed to leave Bowling Green with their mission completed as they defeated WKU in overtime with a final score of 96-93.

Despite the loss, the Toppers were able to put up a good fight and took the Herd to overtime after tying the game up at 80-80 at the end of regulation.

“We got a lot of new guys that have never played together and at some point they got to figure out how to play together,” Head Coach Ray Harper said. “We have made strides but still it’s not good enough.”

The Hilltoppers had four players finish in double figures on the evening. Junior guard Fredrick Edmond filled up the stat sheet with 25 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

Sophomore forward Justin Johnson completed another double-double on the season with 19 points and 11 rebounds.

Senior Aaron Cosby had a rough night shooting, with going 4-12 from the floor. Cosby assembled 13 points to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

Senior forward Aleksej Rostov had a big-time role in the Hilltopper offense converting on a couple of timely pick-and-pop jump shots. The forward from Latvia ended the night with 12 points and four rebounds.

“It starts back Monday,” Johnson said. “I guarantee when conference (tournament) rolls around nobody is going to want see us the first round cause we’re going to be ready.”