Jan. 17 FIU Arena; Miami, Fla.
FINAL SCORE: WKU 65, FIU 58
Team Records, Game Notables and Series Information
• WKU wins its seventh-straight game to improve to 12-5 overall and 5-0 in Conference USA play. FIU drops to 9-9 and 2-3 in the league.
• WKU starts 5-0 in conference play for the first time since 1992-93.
• A win Thursday against UTEP would make WKU 6-0 in conference play for the first time since 1969-70.
• WKU is now 31-6 all-time against FIU and 12-4 in games played in Miami.
• WKU heads back home for two games next week, beginning Thursday at 8:00 PM (CT) against UTEP. The game will be televised nationally by FSN. Tickets for both games are available via the WKU Ticket Office online at WKUSports.com, in-person at E.A. Diddle Arena and over the phone at 1-800-5-BIG RED or 745-5222 locally.
• WKU used the starting lineup of Chris Harrison-Docks, Trency Jackson, T.J. Price, George Fant and Aleksej Rostov for the 10th-straight game and 12th time this season. The group is 10-2 on the year.
• WKU's seven-game winning streak is its longest since winning seven-in-a-row at the end of the 2011-12 season.
• WKU held a 44-37 advantage on the boards.
• WKU is 9-2 on the season and 49-15 under head coach Ray Harper when outrebounding its opponent.
• WKU's 25 bench points were its second-most against an NCAA Division I opponent this season (at Minnesota, 33).
• KEY FIRST HALF RUN: WKU scored the final six points of the half after trailing 24-18. Brandon Price connected on a three-pointer off the bench, T.J. Price split a pair of free throws and DJ Clayton had a tip-in at the buzzer to bring WKU back to tie the game at the break.
• KEY SECOND HALF RUN: WKU scored 13-straight points to take a 52-43 lead, its largest of the game, while forcing four FIU turnovers during the stretch. The Panthers missed four-straight shots. FIU would get no closer than three points twice down the stretch.
• WKU has made a 3-pointer in 857-straight games dating back to March 15, 1987.
• Senior forward George Fant finished with 20 points and 11 rebounds.
• The double-double was Fant's sixth-straight.
• Fant has led WKU in scoring four times this season and 26 times in his career.
• The senior led the Hilltoppers in rebounding for the 12th time in 2014-15 and 56th time in his career.
• Freshman forward Justin Johnson had 11 points and six rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.
• The 11 points were four shy of his career high, and the six rebounds were one shy of his career best.
• Sophomore forward Ben Lawson had five points, six rebounds and three blocked shots.
• The five points were more than he had in the last four games combined (3).
• His six rebounds were one shy of his season high, which he hit twice in late November and early December.