WKU beats Pikeville 105-84 in exhibition game

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. — WKU had 24 assists on 39 field goals and shot 58.2 percent from the field en route to a 105-84 win over Pikeville (Ky.) Monday night at E.A. Diddle Arena in the season's only exhibition game.

All 11 players who played for WKU scored in the game, with four finishing in double figures. T.J. Price led all scorers with 23 points, and he also had eight assists in 34 minutes. Trency Jackson followed with 22 points, six assists and five rebounds while going 9-of-12 from the floor, and George Fant added 10 points, six rebounds and two blocked shots. Freshman Justin Johnson put together a double-double off the bench with 18 points and 10 rebounds, seven offensive, in 21 minutes.

Pikeville was led by Kenny Manigault's 21 points and 11 rebounds. The Bears are ranked second in the nation in NAIA.

WKU rattled off a 7-0 run in the final 38 seconds of the half to open a 53-44 halftime advantage after shooting 61.8 percent as a team (21-for-34) and having assists on 14 of those baskets. Pikeville was equally impressive from the field, converting at a 50.0 percent clip (16-for-32) and making 8-of-16 shots from distance (.500).

A trio of starters were in double figures for WKU in the first 20 minutes, with Jackson leading the way with 12 points and Fant following with 10 points and six rebounds. T. Price had five assists to go along with 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting.

The Hilltoppers opened up a 16-point lead with five-and-a-half minutes elapsed in the second half and took a 78-57 lead with 10:49 to go, and Pikeville would get no closer than 14 points down the stretch.

WKU outrebounded the Bears 41-32 and had a 24-8 advantage on second-chance points.

Up Next: WKU begins its 96th season of basketball Saturday evening at 4:00 (CT) at E.A. Diddle Arena against Austin Peay. It is Military Appreciation Day against the Governors, where all military personnel and veterans can receive free admission with a military ID. The Party 1 Kid Zone will feature inflatables on the third level concourse of E.A. Diddle Arena. Following the game against the Governors, WKU heads to Minnesota Tuesday night at 7:00 (CT) to face the Golden Gophers in the 2014 NIT Season Tip-Off.

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