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

double-double.

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.