Hilltoppers Meet South Carolina in Sunday’s Asheville Finale

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Published: Nov. 13, 2021 at 4:21 PM CST
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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - WKU Hilltopper Basketball plays its final game in the Asheville Championship against South Carolina at 4 p.m. CT Sunday in Asheville, N.C. The game will air on ESPNU.

WKU fell 73-69 to Minnesota in its first game in the event Friday, despite a late comeback effort and 34 points from Dayvion McKnight. South Carolina fell 66-62 to Princeton on Friday night.

The Hilltoppers are 1-6 all-time against South Carolina, the last game an 87-85 double-overtime loss in Bowling Green in Darrin Horn’s return. WKU head coach Rick Stansbury is 12-5 in his career against the Gamecocks.


Asheville Championship Third-Place Game

South Carolina (1-1) vs. WKU (1-1)

November 14, 2021 | 4 p.m. CT

Harrah’s Cherokee Center | Asheville, N.C.


Listen: Hilltopper Sports Network (WKLX 100.7 FM flagship), Audio (free), Varsity Network (Randy Lee, pxp | Hal Schmitt, analysis)

Watch: ESPNU (Mark Neely, pxp | Robbie Hummel, analysis)

Live Stats: Asheville Championship Stats


• WKU is 8-5 since 2017 in regular-season tournaments. The Hilltoppers won two games each in the 2017 Battle 4 Atlantis, 2018 Myrtle Beach Invitational, 2019 Paradise Jam and 2020 Crossover Classic.

• WKU is 29-48 all-time against the current SEC membership, while head coach Rick Stansbury – a longtime head coach at Mississippi State – is 143-116. WKU has won its last three games against SEC foes, winning at Arkansas in 2018, at home against the Razorbacks in 2019, and at Alabama in 2020. The Hilltoppers are 9-7 against teams from the Power Five over the last four-plus seasons.

• Graduate senior guard Camron Justice was granted an additional season of eligibility on Wednesday. Justice last played for WKU in 2019-20 and had been working as a graduate assistant for WKU in basketball academics since summer 2021. He also got married on Saturday, Nov. 13.

• With his effort against Minnesota, sophomore guard Dayvion McKnight had just the 13th game nationally since 2010 of at least 34 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals.

• Dayvion McKnight has 53 points through two games, marking almost 32% of the total points he scored in his freshman season (187). McKnight leads Conference USA early at 26.5 points per game.

• WKU junior center Jamarion Sharp is the tallest player in college basketball at 7 feet, 5 inches. Sharp had 14 points, seven rebounds and three blocks in his exhibition debut vs. Campbellsville.


Juan Pattillo led four Hilltoppers in double figures, but it wasn’t enough to keep South Carolina from pulling out a double-overtime win in former WKU head coach and player Darrin Horn’s return to Bowling Green.

South Carolina rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to force overtime.

Ramon Galloway and Bruce Ellington combined for 42 points for the Gamecocks.

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