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Tops Make Easy Work of Alabama State 79-66

November 14, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Que Johnson scored 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds as WKU led all the way to beat Alabama State 79-66 in a season opener on Saturday night.

Johnson was 5 of 9 from the field including three from distance for the Hilltoppers. Pancake Thomas added 15 points and four assists. Justin Johnson and Junior Lomomba had nine points apiece.

After a slow start for both teams, Que Johnson sank a 3-pointer to lift the Hilltoppers to a 17-4 lead with 10:09 to play in the first period. They were up 34-17 at the break.

Though they trailed the entire game, the Hornets finished out the final 3:24 with a 12-2 surge that trimmed WKU's 23-point lead to 13. It was not enough, however, and the Hilltoppers held on for the win.

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14) slams the ball home during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) \hits a three pointer during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) calls for the ball in the post during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Anton Waters (42) takes a fade away shot in the lane  during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury yells to his team to get their hands up on defense  at his players during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Anton Waters (42)fight for a defensive rebound  during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12)  goes high off the glass for two points during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury can't believe the call during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14) fights for position in the low post during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12) drives to the basket during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) hits a running shot in the lane during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12)  goes up and under for the tough shot during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury, Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14), and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14) and Western Kentucky Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) block the shot during a NCAA basketball game between the Alabama State Hornets vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Saturday, November 12, 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)