Costly turnovers and poor outside shooting worked against WKU Hilltopper Basketball in a 66-62 loss to Middle Tennessee on Saturday night at an over-capacity E.A. Diddle Arena.
The Hilltoppers (14-6 overall, 6-1 Conference USA) shot 52.6 percent in the second half and made 25 of 31 free throws, but Middle Tennessee (14-5, 6-1) got 44 combined points from seniors Nick King and Giddy Potts to claim the road win. Senior forward Dwight Coleby led WKU with 19 points, and Johnson finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Freshman guard Taveion Hollingsworth finished with 12 points. The Toppers remain tied at the top of the Conference USA standings and are back in action next Saturday night hosting Marshall.