So WKU survived, earning another birth in the SBC tournament finals. It was a close game like expected, but the Slaughter’s leadership and Kerusch’s play highlighted the win. Here are a few things that didn’t make press:
- North Texas was deceptively aggressive, despite poor shooting percentages. They shot 37.9 percent for the game (25-for-66) and 31.3 percent from the three-point line (10-for-32). They never trailed by more than four points until the final four minutes of the game, with the game featuring four lead changes and five ties.
- Jeremy Evans had a quiet but effective game. He was the other Topper in double figures, with 12 points and six rebounds. He started the game off like he did against Florida International, with dunks (though just two this time) in the first three scores.
- In the second half, WKU outscored the Mean Green 42-32, shooting 52.2 percent (12-for-23). They shot 48.8 percent for the game (24-for-50).
- Sergio Kerusch’s 23 points and 10 rebounds made his fourth double-double in the last six games.
- After averaging an NCAA-high 28.2 free-throw attempts per game, North Texas only shot 12 in the game, making 10.
That’s all for now. Check back here and at WKUHerald.com tonight and tomorrow for more coverage and for a preview of the final, where WKU will play UALR/South Alabama.