JONESBORO, Ark. — The bad dream continues for the Western Kentucky basketball program.
On a day when it learned that freshman point guard Brandon Peters will miss the remainder of the season due to academic ineligibility, the downward spiral only sped up for WKU.
Trey Finn dropped in 30 points and Arkansas State buried 10 3-pointers as the Hilltoppers dropped their Sun Belt opener – and third straight overall – 81-73 on Saturday to the host Red Wolves in Jonesboro, Ark.
“We don’t have time (to feel sorry for ourselves) and we won’t,” McDonald said. “We’re going to stay positive as a staff, as a team and as a program. We need the fans to stay positive and stay with us because we’re going to keep fighting.
“That’s the way it’s got to be. You can feel sorry for yourself, but no one else is going to feel sorry for you. When you’re down, teams will try to keep you down. And we have to develop a little chip on our shoulder.”
The loss drops WKU to 5-8 on the season, and 0-1 in the Sun Belt. And the loss of Peters, combined with the removal of point guard Ken Brown from the program earlier this season, leaves the Hilltoppers with just 10 scholarship bodies moving forward this season.
Not exactly an ideal situation for an already struggling basketball team.
Through it all though, the Hilltoppers say they have no choice but to stay together and somehow find a way to right the ship.
“People can be negative all they want, but we’re a team – no matter what anyone else says, we’re a team and we believe in ourselves,” WKU senior forward Sergio Kerusch said. “We need the community to believe in us, too. We’ve been here before. My first year here, we were picked to finish fifth in the conference and we came out and did some amazing things.
“It’s easy to quit, but I’d rather die than quit.”
For more, see Sunday’s Daily News.