Hilltoppers cruise past Brescia 89-42


Well tonight was just one of those nights where things go all one way, and for the Hilltoppers, everything went in their favor.

The Hilltoppers dismantled the Brescia Bearcats this evening, both offensively and defensively. The Tops only allowed the Bearcats to reach 42 points this outing, while having their own offensive outing and totaling a season high 89 points. The Bearcats shot a low 29% from the floor, while also turning the ball over just a mere 22 times.

WKU on the other hand had an impressive night, as they shot 57% from the floor, 50% from behind the arc, and a terrible 41% (7-17) from the free throw line. The Tops won the battle of the boards as they secured 45 total, with 30 coming from the defensive side of the court, and 15 on the offensive end.

The one stat that truly defines this game is 56 points coming from the bench. The Tops only had one starter in double figures, that being George Fant with 10. The bench however had not one, not two, but THREE double figure scorers. Those guys being DJ Clayton with 14 (Clayton also had 14 in the loss to Louisville), Avery Patterson with a season high 11, as well as Justin Johnson tacking on 11 of his own.

Let me ask you a question, what do the three of those guys have in common? Freshmen status. That is such a beautiful thing, because it shows how much potential and how much talent the future WKU squads could have.

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DJ Clayton is proving to be the athlete I thought he was capable of when I saw him in practice day one this season. He is using he athletic ability to make plays and be effective on the scoreboard, while also playing a part in the rebounding game, as he tied the game high for rebounds with teammates

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that stood at seven boards. Clayton is maturing and beginning to make his mark on the team, and I think we all can agree that he, at the two guard spot, is a promising sight for many games to come.

Avery Patterson is another guy that turned heads tonight, as his style of play was just fun to watch. I sort of wrote Avery off to begin the season with, and that was a clear mistake of mine. Patterson is maturing and has began to show signs these last few outings, especially tonight with the shown addition to his scoring game. I think that Patterson will be tremendous if he keeps up the work, and continues to evolve into more of a true PG.

The Hilltoppers closed this ball game out on a 12-0 run, and didn’t allow the Bearcats to score a single point in the final 4:26 of the game. WKU just had a fun offensive outing against Brescia, and will look to have another one of those nights on Monday as the Tops take another crack at an NAIA opponent in Alice Lloyd before heading into Conference-USA play beginning January 4th.