Western Kentucky defeats Troy 99-76
BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP)—Orlando Mendez-Valdez recorded the first triple-double in program history in Western Kentucky’s 99-76 victory over Troy on Thursday.
The junior guard had 18 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists, wrapping up the feat with an assist on an Anthony Sally jumper with 6:53 left in the game.
The point total was the largest of the season for the Hilltoppers (8-4, 2-0 Sun Belt Conference) who never trailed the Trojans (5-9, 1-2) and extended their lead to as many as 23 points in the second half.
A.J. Slaughter led the Hilltoppers with 20 points, Steffphon Pettigrew added 19 and Jeremy Evans had 16. Richard Delk led Troy with 17 points and Travis Lee had 15.
The Hilltoppers also outrebounded the Trojans 41-27.
The game was only the sixth ever played on New Year’s Day for the Hilltoppers, who improved their mark to 4-2 in those games.