OHMER’S LATE 3-POINTER GIVES WESTERN KENTUCKY 63-61 WIN OVER SMU

by Dan M | Posted on Saturday, November 25th, 2017

Western Kentucky Celebrate big win after a close game with Southern Methodist during the final day of action Nov. 24, 2017 in the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis tournament in Paradise Island, Bahamas. (Bahamas Visual Services Photo/Tim Aylen)

OHMER’S LATE 3-POINTER GIVES WESTERN KENTUCKY 63-61 WIN OVER SMU IN BAD BOY MOWERS BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS
PARADISE ISLAND, THE BAHAMAS (November 24, 2017) – The stats say that Western Kentucky guard Jake Ohmer did not have a good shooting night against SMU in Friday’s final round of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis. And Ohmer himself said he didn’t turn in a good defensive performance.
When it mattered the most, however, Ohmer came through with biggest play of the game.
Ohmer connected on a 3-pointer from deep in the right corner with 4.5 seconds left to give WKU a 63-61 victory over the Mustangs. Ohmer was only 2-for-8 from the field before hitting the game-winner, and he said he had stumbled through some defensive lapses as well.
“On a couple of trips down the court I missed a few box outs and a few assignments on defense,” Ohmer said. “I knew I had to come down and make a big play on offense, so that’s what I did.”
The Hilltoppers (4-2) trailed for nearly the entire game and were down 50-40 midway through the second half. They still trailed 61-57 with barely a minute to play when Lamonte Bearden nailed a 3-pointer to cut the gap to a single point. Then SMU guard Shake Milton missed a free throw with 19 seconds left, giving WKU a chance for the victory.
“You really find out what you’re made of when you’re on the road, down 10,” WKU coach Rick Stansbury said. “Everybody can do it when it’s easy, but when it gets tough, who are you? I think we found out today who we are a little bit.
“At the right moment, (Ohmer) stepped up and nailed a big one for us. He did what he does; shoot that basketball. He does that as well as anyone.”
Bearden led the Hilltoppers in scoring with 14 points and Darius Thompson added 13. But the loudest cheers from the crowd were reserved for WKU forward Dwight Coleby, a native of Nassau who finished with 12 points and 12 rebounds.
“Unbelievable, just a loss for words,” Coleby said. “It was just great, having everybody’s support. … Everybody wanted pictures and stuff. It’s great to be back home in front of family and friends.
SMU forward Ethan Chargois had a game-high 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting and Jarrey Foster went 8-for-11 from the field and scored 17 points, while the rest of Mustangs (5-2) were 9-for- 33. SMU outrebounded Western Kentucky 39 to 27, but also committed 21 turnovers.

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