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January 31, 2013Follow @SeanWKURivals
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The glorious return of senior point guard Jamal Crook turned into jubilation and a 65-61 victory over Troy on Thursday night in the friendly confines of Diddle Arena.
While Crook didn't register a point in the box score, he made up for that goose-egg in the scoring column by finding holes in Troy's defense with penetration, distributing the ball to worthy scorers, and simply being the overall leader of this team.
While Troy fought valiantly throughout, thanks to the resounding shooting efforts of Hunter Williams (a.k.a "white assassin"), the Trojans fell short in the end as the Hilltoppers clutched up at the charity stripe in the waning seconds to lift the evil spirits of a three-game losing bender.
Williams finished with 23 points on 5-8 from the land of three and Ray Chambers chipped in with 18 points to lead the Trojans.
The Hilltoppers were led by the silky smooth stroke of T.J. Price, who went 4-8 from long range and finished with 18 points. George Fant put in work with another solid 13 point, 9 rebound effort. Latvia's own, Aleksejs Rostov put in an outstanding performance, going a perfect 6-6 from the field, finishing with 14 points.
WKU will now have a full week to recover and prepare for a road trip to the "Super Pit" to take on North Texas next Thursday.
In case you were wondering, the Mean Green just got shellacked by Louisiana-Lafayette tonight by a final score of 105-74 at the CajunDome.
WKU v. Troy Photo Gallery
Postgame Press Conference: Rostov, Crook, Fant
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