JONESBORO, Ark. — WKU saw its six-game winning streak come to an end Monday night, as the Hilltoppers fell at Arkansas State, 72-58. The loss drops WKU's record to 16-8 overall and 8-3 in Sun Belt Conference play. Arkansas State improves to 13-8 and 6-4 with the victory.
The loss snaps WKU's six-game conference winning streak, which was its longest since winning seven-straight in league play at the end of the 2009-10 season. It also snapped the Hilltoppers' six-game SBC road winning streak, which was their longest since 2007-08.
Chris Harrison-Docks led WKU with 14 points, and Aaron Adeoye added 10 points and seven rebounds. Melvin Johnson III led all scorers with 22 points.
The two teams combined to shoot 14-for-54 in the first half (.259), and Arkansas State led 25-20 at the break. Ten different Hilltoppers played in the opening 20 minutes, and seven scored. Four of WKU's six field goals in the first half came from behind the three-point arc.
With less than two minutes gone by in the second half, WKU came within three points at 28-25 after Harrison-Docks converted a pair of technical foul free throws. But Arkansas State dominated the rest of the way, opening up a lead as large as 18 points en route to the 72-58 win.
WKU finished the game shooting 37.0 percent (17-for-46). Arkansas State went 19-for-48 from the field (.396) and became the first opponent to outrebound the Hilltoppers in the last 13 contests, when it won the battle of the boards 33-31.