MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The effort was better, but in the end, the result was the same.
Western Kentucky coughed the ball up 16 times in the first 20 minutes, falling behind by 16 in the first half before eventually losing for the fourth straight time, 77-61 on Saturday at No. 14 Memphis.
“We spotted them a lot of points with careless turnovers,” WKU coach Ken McDonald said following the loss. “You go into the half with 16 turnovers and you’re just spotting them points, they’re confident, our point guards aren’t and that’s tough to handle.
“You don’t give yourselves much room for error when you spot a team with careless turnovers.”
After digging into a nearly insurmountable first-half hole due to careless offensive play on Wednesday against Vanderbilt, the result was more of the same on Saturday against the Tigers.
WKU (3-5) was never able to get into an offensive rhythm early, shooting just 9 of 34 from the floor before the half.
“You just have to take one on the chin and get better, a lot of turnovers in the first half,” said WKU senior forward Sergio Kerusch, who finished with 16 points and eight rebounds in his hometown of Memphis. “It was a learning experience, not the outcome I wanted, but what happened, happened.”
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