When UALR (8-7, 2-2 Sun Belt Conference) hosts Western Kentucky at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, the Trojans will be trying to snap an eight-game losing streak to the Hilltoppers.
UALR’s last win over Western Kentucky came on Jan. 17, 2007, when the Trojans held on a for a 71-69 victory at the Jack Stephens Center. Just to demonstrate how long ago that was, UALR’s Rashad Jones Jennings had 10 points, 10 rebounds and 6 blocked shots in that game.
At the time, it gave UALR Coach Steve Shields a 4-4 record against Western Kentucky. That included sweeping the Hilltoppers in the 2004-2005 season and narrow losses in both games in the 2005-2006 season. The second was a last-second shot by future NBA player Courtney Lee to beat UALR, which had rallied from 19 points down with 10 minutes remaining to take the lead.
But since then it’s gone downhill with some big-time blowout losses and narrow defeats on the books. That included the
However, the past three games have been close. The 2011 meeting at the Stephens Center saw WKU’s Jamal Crook end up with a loose ball and hitting a layup at the buzzer to beat UALR. UALR also held sizeable leads in both meetings last year before falling apart down the stretch and losing.