A fun-loving guy by nature, Western Kentucky senior forward Sergio Kerusch entered Saturday’s game looking for a good time.
And after racking up his seventh double-double in nine games, he assured that both he and his teammates would be nothing but smiles following the game.
Kerusch finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds and WKU picked itself up off the mat with an 81-61 win over Louisiana-Monroe at E.A. Diddle Arena.
“We just had fun,” said Kerusch, who set a season-high with his 14 rebounds. “We picked up our defensive intensity and just looked like we were having a lot of fun doing it.
“We played some of the best defense we played all year, diving on the floor with tenacity. … I’m not a serious guy, my way to lead this team is just doing what I know how to do. Put the ball in the hole and rebound the heck out of the ball.”
The game was more example of Kerusch starting to live up to his Preseason Sun Belt Player of the Year mantra – as he’s averaged 19.7 points and 10 rebounds during 10 Sun Belt games this season – and helped WKU avoid a negative snowball after falling at home to South Alabama on Thursday.
“Sometimes when you take a loss at home and you just look in the mirror and figure out how to change it,” WKU coach Ken McDonald said. “There was more talk in the huddle before the game (about energy), two games ago we didn’t have it – but we did tonight.”
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