Hilltoppers continue roll as they knock off UTSA 83-74


In what had all the makings of the ultimate trap game, the Hilltoppers continued their roll to open Conference USA play and did enough to sweep yet another short homestand after defeating UTSA 83-74 in Diddle earlier today.

The Tops and Roadrunners went back and forth on the scoreboard for a majority of the first half, but a 14-1 run in the home stretch of the first half helped propel WKU to a 45-31 halftime lead, and while UTSA would come close in the second half, the Hilltoppers would never relinquish the lead.

The ‘Runners got within three points at the halfway mark of the second half, however, but the Tops went on a 7-0 run to create some more separation and used that confidence and, dare I say swagger, to never allow UTSA to retake the lead in the second half. It really was a game that, as I was watching, it seemed like it shouldn’t have been as close as it was. Any sort of Roadrunners run would have given them a lead, or at least tie the game, but again – back to that swagger stuff – the Tops looked so composed and confident on the floor, that they almost knew they were going to win the ball game.

Four of the five Hilltoppers’ starters scored in double figures, lead by 20 points from Chris Harrison-Docks, who tied a career high with six made three pointers. The streak continues for George Fant, who logged his eighth straight double-double with 17 points and 13 rebounds. T.J. Price and Trency Jackson were the other two double-figure scoring starters with 13 points apiece.

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Today was a great example of the depth that was talked about early on this season, and truly up to this point, it hasn’t really been used. At one time on the floor today, the Tops had

Ben Lawson


Brandon Price

and they were

playing well.

Its never too late to start strutting your stuff with the bench, and while they only combined for 18 points (lead by six points and four rebounds from Lawson), four of the six reserves who saw the floor logged 10 or more minutes.

It wasn’t a good shooting day for UTSA, as they only shot 39.7% from the floor and 32.1% from beyond the arc, but they were still able to make things interesting – as they actually outrebounded the Tops 42-36 – and got 24 points from Keon Lewis, one of four double figure scorers for the ‘Runners.

The ultimate downfall for UTSA, however, would be just five bench points, all from Christian Wilsonand the two runs mentioned above that gave the Tops enough separation to make all the difference in the end.

The Hilltoppers are off to their best conference start since their OVC days, and will take their show on the road next week with an all-too-important matchup against Louisiana Tech.