Hilltoppers Outlast Governors 97-92

December 29, 2016

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -- Que Johnson scored 25 points, including three free throws in the final 24 seconds and Western Kentucky held off Austin Peay 97-92 on Wednesday night. After shooting 57 percent in the first half for a 47-40 lead, the Hilltoppers used a 17-0 run to lead 64-43 less than five minutes into the second half. The lead was still 16 midway through the half before the Governors made 10 straight shots and were within 84-81 after Josh Robinson's 3-pointer with 4:57 to play.

The Hilltoppers (6-7) built the lead back to 10 with two minutes left but Robinson hit a 3 and Zach Glotta had three free throws and a 3, his only points of the game, making it 93-90 with 50.9 seconds to go. Thomas finished with 18 points, Justin Johnson 17 and Ben Lawson 14, tying his career high, for the Hilltoppers, who had season-high points for the first half and the game. Robinson had 26 points, his fifth-straight 20-point game, and Jared Savage 24, both hitting five 3s, for the Governors (4-10).

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12) drives the ball during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12) drives the ball during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12) knocks down a fade away during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12) knocks down a fade away during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) pushes the ball up court during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) pushes the ball up court during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) bring the ball up during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) bring the ball up during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Anton Waters (42) flights for position during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Anton Waters (42) flights for position during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) fights for position during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Justin Johnson (23) fights for position during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Jabari McGhee (0) blocks the shot during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Jabari McGhee (0) slams the ball during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Jabari McGhee (0) slams the ball during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) talks with WKU Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) talks with WKU Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) hits a shot during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) hits a shot during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12) takes a shot during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12) takes a shot during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14) tips the ball during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

WKU Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14) tips the ball during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesda, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowliyng Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) pushes the ball up court during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) pushes the ball up court during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) slams the ball on a fast break during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. Tops take down Austin Peay 97-92 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32) slams the ball on a fast break during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  Tops take down Austin Peay 97-92 (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32), WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12), and WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) laugh at the dunk during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers guard Que Johnson (32), WKU Hilltoppers guard Pancake Thomas (12), and WKU Hilltoppers guard Junior Lomomba (5) laugh at the dunk during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury talks to the team during a time out during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers head coach Rick Stansbury talks with WKU Hilltoppers guard Damari Parris (3) during a time out during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Anton Waters (42) takes a shot during a time out during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Anton Waters (42) takes a shot during a time out during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Jabari McGhee (0) puts back a rebound during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Jabari McGhee (0) puts back a rebound during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)

 

NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28NCAA MBB 2016: Governors vs Hilltoppers DEC 28WKU Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14) during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky. (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics) WKU Hilltoppers forward Ben Lawson (14) fights for a loose ball during a NCAA men's basketball game between the Austin Peay Governors vs the WKU Hilltoppers, Wednesday, December 28 2016 at E. A. Diddle Arena in Bowling Green Kentucky.  (Photos by Steve Roberts/WKU Athletics)