Western Kentucky never got things going Saturday, falling 63-54 to Indiana State.
The Hilltoppers shot j36.8 percent from the field and committed 15 turnovers, including nine in the second half against just one assist.
“I’ll take responsibility for it,” WKU head coach Rick Stansbury said. “We had a very poor week of preparation. We will never make an excuse, but our first practice was Thursday evening (because of illness) and still didn’t have everybody. But that’s no excuse. You’ve got to find a way to play with the effort and toughness you have to play with on the road to win. I didn’t feel from the get-go we had the energy, toughness or connections you have to have to win on the road.”
Center Charles Bassey led WKU with 16 points on 6-of-7 shooting, but the rest of the team was a combined 15 of 50 from the field. Bassey added eight rebounds and four blocks.
“We came out flat and never really picked it up,” redshirt junior guard/forward Jared Savage said. “There’s no explanation for it. It’s a game day, so we have to come out and perform, and we didn’t do it today.”
WKU falls to 3-3 on the season.
“We need to learn to come out hard, every possession,” Hollingsworth said. “We’ve talked about this before, but we’re just sluggish sometimes and can’t seem to pick it up.”
The Hilltoppers return home after three weeks on the road to host Tennessee State at 6 p.m. Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena.