After a hard-fought, three-point overtime loss at Southern Miss Saturday night, WKU returns to Bowling Green for its home opener against Austin Peay Tuesday night at 7:00 as part of the 2012 Cancun Challenge.
WKU erased a 14-point deficit to force overtime, but fell 67-64 in the extra session to Southern Miss in front of 7,097 at the Reed Green Coliseum in the season opener for both squads. Southern Miss's Jerrold Brooks hit four free throws in the final 8.3 seconds of overtime to give the Golden Eagles the win as O'Karo Akamune's three-point attempt at the buzzer missed the mark.
Graham Wilbert threw for 257 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Florida Atlantic was able to force four WKU turnovers in a 37-28 victory over the Hilltoppers Saturday afternoon at Houchens Industries-L.T. Smith Stadium. The loss dropped WKU to 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the Sun Belt Conference.
WKU opened the Michelle-Clark Heard era with an 80-69 win over Murray State in the season opener for both squads. The Lady Toppers (1-0) posted the program’s first non-conference win on an opponent’s home court since Dec. 28, 2009 when WKU won at George Washington 74-65 and matched the total number of road wins from a season ago.