FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — With fewer than 30 seconds left in Western Kentucky's game against Arkansas, Hilltoppers center Charles Bassey got the ball in the lane and was met by a couple Razorbacks defenders.
Instead of forcing it, the NBA prospect made a smart read and dumped the ball off to a wide-open Marek Nelson, who laid it in with 19 seconds to go.
NEW YORK (AP) — Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury says getting his players excited for the NIT Tournament was a sales job.
His pitch: Playing a semifinal at Madison Square Garden is better than losing in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
"Winning three games and getting here is much better than playing one and getting beat," Stansbury said Monday.
Stansbury said that opinion is based on experience but that his Hilltoppers staff "had to sell our team on this journey."
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky has raised coach Rick Stansbury's base annual salary to $650,000, which athletic director Todd Stewart says places him second among Conference USA coaches.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury has seen enough road games to not want an outcome determined by a last-moment call by an official.
But Stansbury and the Hilltoppers got one on Wednesday night at the Kohl Center.
Brad Davison's free throw with two seconds to go lifted Wisconsin to an 81-80 win against Western Kentucky.
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas (AP) — Western Kentucky's short-handed roster earned a rare win against a ranked team. And now No. 18 Purdue is trying to figure out what's happened to its high-scoring offense.
Darius Thompson scored 12 points and hit two clinching free throws with 5.1 seconds left to help the Hilltoppers upset the Boilermakers 77-73 in Thursday's consolation round at the Battle 4 Atlantis.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury says freshman center Mitchell Robinson has re-enrolled in classes for the fall semester but must meet internal requirements for returning to the team after being suspended and released.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury says freshman center Mitchell Robinson has been granted a release to transfer from the program, a day after the 7-footer was suspended indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — Western Kentucky coach Rick Stansbury has suspended freshman center Mitchell Robinson indefinitely for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Robinson, a 7-footer from Chalmette (Louisiana) High School, is a consensus All-American and five-star prospect by several recruiting services. He's the top recruit signed so far by Stansbury, who's preparing for his second season coaching the Hilltoppers.
BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — Anton Waters scored 11 points and matched his career-high with 10 rebounds to help Western Kentucky beat Florida Atlantic 69-54 in a Conference USA opener on Saturday.
Que Johnson and Jabari McGhee each scored 13 points for Western Kentucky (7-7, 1-0), which outrebounded FAU 50-29 but shot just 12 of 22 from the line. Pancake Thomas had 11 points and five assists.
Adonis Filer scored 16 points to lead FAU (4-8, 0-1). Ronald Delph and Nick Rutherford added 10 points apiece.