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WKU star center Bassey tabbed Lute Olson National Player of the Week, C-USA Player of the Week

Western Kentucky University center Charles Bassey has been named Lute Olson National Player of the Week by College Insider. Additionally, the junior big man was selected as Conference USA Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced. WKU’s Charles Bassey (23) has been named Lute Olson National Player of the Week. (WKU photo) Bassey led WKU to a rivalry sweep over Marshall...

Western Kentucky stages furious rally, but Hilltoppers fall short in 63-58 loss to Louisiana Tech

Western Kentucky nearly dug out of a 21-point hole against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, but couldn’t quite complete the comeback in a 63-58 home loss at E.A. Diddle Arena. A 20-0 run by Louisiana Tech in the first half doomed the Hilltoppers (9-4 overall, 2-2 Conference USA), who pulled back within one in the final two minutes but didn’t get over the hump. WKU guard Taveion Hollingsworth...

WKU makes clutch plays in final minute, holds on for 68-65 win over visiting Rhode Island on Sunday

Charles Bassey’s basket with 10 seconds remaining in the game snapped a 64-64 tie and Western Kentucky pulled out a 68-65 win over Rhode Island on Sunday at E.A. Diddle Arena. Taveion Hollingsworth made two free throws with four seconds left on the clock to seal the win for WKU, which improved to 5-2. The Hilltoppers led the game for 34 minutes, but Rhode Island stayed within striking distance nearly...

Hollingsworth nets 16 points, WKU sprints to 96-69 win over Mississippi Valley State in home opener

Senior guard Taveion Hollingsworth scored 16 points to lead Western Kentucky to a 96-69 victory over Mississippi Valley State in Sunday’s home opener at E.A. Diddle Arena. WKU junior forward Kevin Osawe chipped in 15 points and seven rebounds in 14 minutes off the bench. The reserves accounted for 50 of the Hilltoppers’ 96 points as WKU improved to 3-2. Taveion Hollingsworth scores a basket...

Unbeaten Louisville expects big challenge from talented Western Kentucky on Tuesday night

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Usually when college basketball coaches set up an invitational, their modus operandi is to invite a bunch of teams they can beat and call it a “classic.” Not Louisville’s Chris Mack, the impetus and organizer behind the Wade Houston Tipoff Classic being played with nine teams over 10 days in the KFC Yum! Center. True, the Cardinals opened with an easy...

WKU basketball standout Charles Bassey named preseason All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine

It’s been a while since Charles Bassey stepped on the court for a game, but national pundits haven’t forgotten what he can do. The Western Kentucky University junior center has been named a preseason second team All-American by Lindy’s Sports Magazine. Bassey – a 6-foot-11, 235-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria – was named a first team preseason All-American as a sophomore in 2019-20...

Western Kentucky players, coaches happy to be back on campus with a ‘little bit of basketball’ normalcy

When the Western Kentucky University men’s basketball team returned from the canceled Conference USA Tournament in March, things changed rapidly in the wake of COVID-19. Players moved back home and began preparing for online classes. Locker room meetings and weight room workouts moved to Zoom and FaceTime, and head coach Rick Stansbury even discovered TV shows like The Office, Breaking Bad and Stranger...

Cayman Islands Classic relocates to Florida due to pandemic; WKU part of eight-team tournament field

The fourth annual Cayman Islands Classic, which includes Western Kentucky University, has been relocated to Niceville, Fla., in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament will be held Nov. 23-25 at Raider Arena on the campus of Northwest Florida State College. Teams participating in the tournament with Western Kentucky are Kansas State, La Salle, Ole Miss, Miami (Fla.), Nevada, Northern Iowa...

WKU recruit Dayvion McKnight named Kentucky Mr. Basketball; averaged 20 points, 8.1 rebounds

Western Kentucky University signee Dayvion McKnight received the state’s top high school hoops honor Sunday, as the guard was named 2020 Kentucky Mr. Basketball. McKnight received the award, given to the state’s top senior, from the Kentucky Lions Eye Foundation during a virtual ceremony on Sunday. McKnight, a 6-foot-2 guard from Collins High School in Shelbyville, is the ninth Kentucky...

Now at Western Kentucky, former NKU hoops standout Williams aims for C-USA title — and more

By Don Owen Special to KyForward The what-ifs concerning Northern Kentucky University basketball last season inevitably focused on the shocking transfer by Carson Williams the previous spring. A crowd favorite inside BB&T Arena for two seasons, not to mention a member of the Horizon League’s All-Freshman squad in 2016-17, Williams’ unexpected departure left many NKU followers pondering: •...

Paul Laurence Dunbar high-scoring senior Hollingsworth named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball

Taveion Hollingsworth, a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, has been named Kentucky’s Mr. Basketball for the 2016-17 season. Taveion Hollingsworth He received the award at a March 14 banquet at the Lexington Center prior to the opening of this week’s KHSAA Boys’ State Tournament at Rupp Arena. Last year, Taveion led Dunbar to its first Sweet Sixteen championship. As a senior,...