W. Kentucky 98, Saint Joseph’s 70
Sergio Kerush – the Preseason Player of the Year in the Sun Belt
Conference – scored a game-high 31 points on 11 of 15 shooting to
lead Western Kentucky past St. Joseph’s 98-70 on Friday night in
the season opener for both teams.
Kerush also grabbed nine rebounds and shot 6 of 8 from
The Hilltoppers shot 51.4 percent in the first half as they
amassed a 48-38 halftime lead. Western Kentucky’s hot shooting
continued in the second half as the Hilltoppers hit 21 of 29
attempts (72.4 percent) and outscored the Hawks 50-32.
Juan Pattillo and Steffphon Pettigrew each scored 17 points for
Western Kentucky and Pattillo had 12 rebounds to complete the
Carl Jones scored 17 points for St. Joseph’s in the loss.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak in season-opening
games for the Hawks.