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WKU Men’s Basketball falls to UNC Asheville 77-67 in Northern Classic

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Redshirt senior Brandon Newman puts up a three-pointer during a matchup with Kentucky State on November 19, 2023.

WKU Men’s Basketball fell to UNC Asheville 77-67 in Laval, Quebec on Nov. 26, in the Hilltoppers final contest of the Northern Classic.

The UNC Asheville Bulldogs jumped out to a quick 12-4 lead over the Hilltoppers in the first four minutes of the contest. WKU responded by outscoring the Bulldogs 34-19 in the remaining 16 minutes of the half to take a 38-31 lead into the half. 

The Bulldogs began the second half with a 13-6 run to tie the game at 44. The teams traded leads throughout the half until the final five minutes. Going into the last five minutes of the contest the game was tied, but UNC Asheville outscored WKU by ten in those minutes to claim a 77-67 victory.  

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WKU shot 50 percent from the field in the contest, but once again struggled from three. The Hilltoppers shot 2-14 from three in the contest and went 1-10 from three in the second half. On the other hand, the Bulldogs shot 7-22 from three. 

The Hilltoppers offense struggled with turnovers as well, giving the Bulldogs the ball 19 times throughout the game. WKU managed to force 14 turnovers on the other side of the ball.  

WKU’s scoring was spread out across the team as four players scored in double-digits and eight players scored.

Fifth-year senior Jalen Jackson led the Hilltoppers in minutes and points, scoring 14 points across 39 minutes of action. 

Fifth-year senior Rodney Howard had an efficient game for WKU scoring 12 points on 6-6 shooting to go with six rebounds. 

WKU now stands at 4-3 on the season after losing two straight. 

The Hilltoppers will return to Diddle Arena Nov. 29 to take on the Campbellsville Tigers at 7 p.m. CT. 

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