THE MORNING AFTER: Western’s 67-59 win over South Alabama

Before we continue, chew on this stat. Western made 8 of 27 field goals in the second half, five of which came from senior guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez. Of those five field goals, four were made from behind the free throw line. All in all, he finished with 24 points.

Now for some other thoughts:

  • If you’re a fan witnessing a Western Kentucky game, I hope you’ve been packing antacid. Four games, four days, 4-0 in that span, and none of them have come easy. The most recent heart-racer was the 67-59 victory over South Alabama this afternoon in Diddle Arena. Next up after a much-needed week off, the Toppers travel to Troy to play the Trojans in a battle for first place in the Sun Belt Conference’s East Division.
  • The Toppers committed a season-low five turnovers in the victory. You have to go back to last season (and maybe longer) to find a game where you could count the Toppers’ turnovers on one hand. More on that in Tuesday’s Herald.
  • This game was a tribute to Western’s defensive prowess. They shot 35.5 percent from the field (22-for-62), and even though South Alabama shot 49 percent for the game, they were limited to 49 shots.
  • The wealth continues to be spread amongst the guards in terms of turnovers. Junior guard A.J. Slaughter led the team in assists with six. In the past few weeks, Slaughter, senior guard Orlando Mendez-Valdez and junior guard Anthony Sally have all led the team in assists in mulitple games.

-David Harten and Andrew Robinson

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