WKU falls short of basketball knockout record; Price wins TV

Freshman guard T.J. Price beat out senior forward Teranie Thomas for a 40-inch television Saturday by winning a basketball knockout contest that attempeted to break a Guiness world record. Fewer than 200 people participated in the game, and 380 were needed to set a record.

Jonathan Lintner

WKU fell short on Saturday in its attempt to break

the Guiness world record for largest game of basketball


Fewer than 200 people passed through a turnstile at

Diddle Arena that WKU had hoped would count at least 380 — one more

than the 379 recorded by Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind., on

April 8.

About 15 staffers were on hand to document the game

through photos and video, and a referee whistled as players were

knocked out.

Megan Micheli, assistant director of athletic

marketing, said WKU won’t send documentation to Guiness for review

because the turnout wouldn’t top the current record. She didn’t

rule out trying to break the record in the future.

“We haven’t really talked about it yet,” she said.

“But you never know.”

A number of student-athletes, including members of

the men’s and women’s basketball teams, took part in the game while

WKU’s football game against Louisiana State played on the arena’s

video boards.

Freshman guard T.J. Price beat out senior forward

Teranie Thomas to win the game and a 40″ TV. Price was told after

the game that compliance determined he’d get to keep the prize.

Women’s coach Mary Taylor Cowles donated the TV,

Micheli said, and also came up with the idea of having fans stick

around in Diddle Arena to watch the LSU game. Earlier Saturday,

Cowles’ Lady Toppers fell 67-62 to Towson.

“This was the brainchild of Cowles — all of it,”

Micheli said.