Western Kentucky runs over St. Joseph’s 98-70

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

three-point range.

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.