Price, Johnson earn C-USA honors

Senior guard T.J. Price (52) goes up for a layup during WKU’s game against Belmont on Saturday. Price scored 15 points and pulled down nine rebounds in WKU’s 64-63 loss to the Bruins. Brandon Carter/HERALD

Billy Rutledge

The WKU basketball team’s come-from-behind win against Ole Miss is garnering national attention, with senior guard T.J. Price being named Conference USA Co-Player of the Week and freshman forward Justin Johnson being named C-USA Co-Freshman of the Week.

Price earned his first double-double of the season and third of his career at Ole Miss, leading his team in points (26), rebounds (10) and assists (5). The senior scored 21 of his season high 26 points in the second half — helping the Hilltoppers overcome a 13-point deficit at halftime.

Price hit all eight of his free throws and also hit a season-high four three-pointers in the game. Price is averaging 15.6 points per game, which leads WKU and ranks seventh in C-USA.

Johnson came off the bench Saturday against Ole Miss and had a career day. His eight points was his second-best scoring performance of his career and his seven rebounds tied a career high. Johnson also recorded his third-straight two-block performance while adding an assist and zero turnovers. The freshman is averaging six points and just over five rebounds per game this season.

WKU’s next game will be Wednesday, Dec. 17 at Diddle Arena against Chicago State, beginning a homestand of seven consecutive games.