Toppers drop fifth straight away from Diddle Arena

Lucas Aulbach

The Toppers just can’t get a win out of Diddle Arena these days.

WKU (10-7, 4-2 Sun Belt Conference) fell on the road Saturday against Arkansas State, losing by a final score of 75-61.

It was the Toppers’ fifth consecutive loss outside of their Bowling Green home and second in three days after a loss Thursday at Arkansas-Little Rock.

Saturday’s loss to ASU (9-5, 4-2 SBC) looked like a replay of that UALR game at times.

Once again, turnovers and rebounds buried the Toppers. WKU turned the ball over 17 times against the Red Wolves and let the home team control the glass as they pulled in seven more rebounds than the Toppers.

WKU did, however, show some improvements from that UALR loss – most notably from beyond the arc. WKU connected on 11-of-27 three-point shot attempts against the Red Wolves, a strong improvement from Thursday’s 9-of-33 outing.

ASU’s biggest weapon on the floor was Ed Tounsel. The guard dropped 25 points on WKU, including 18 in the second half, and helped the Red Wolves win their fourth straight game.

His effort was almost matched by freshman center Aleksejs Rostov, who had his best night yet in a WKU uniform. The backup center came off the bench to score 17 points and hit 5-of-6 three-pointers.

Junior guard Brandon Harris, who started at point guard once again as senior guard Jamal Crook recovers from a broken foot, logged 10 points, five rebounds and five assists in 39 minutes of playing time.

WKU will have a week off before its next game, the longest layover for the team since early December. The Toppers will try their luck at home next Saturday against Florida Atlantic.