Brandon Harris had been in a serious funk. He finally broke out Thursday night and the Hilltoppers hope it’s a sign of things to come for the stretch run.

Harris scored 12 for Western Kentucky on Thursday in a 75-57 win over Louisiana-Monroe.

“Man, it felt good, but like coach said, it’s not about me,” Harris said. “We don’t play for the name on the back of the jersey. We play for the one on the front. I don’t really care about the individual statistics at all. See the shot go in, I see it as a point for the team, not for myself.”

A junior college transfer, Harris came into the day without a point since Feb. 7. He was 0-for-9 from the field since then in three games and played nine minutes Saturday at Florida International – his second-lowest total of the season.

It took nearly 18 minutes for Harris to score Thursday, but once he did, he seemed to find his shooting touch again, finishing the night 4 of 8 from the field to go with six rebounds.

“I think it was more of a sigh of relief that he did not hesitate,” WKU coach Ray Harper said. “He caught it and shot it when he was open. I think that’s his biggest thing. ... Sometimes he’ll overthink the game instead of just playing. I thought tonight he just played. He’s a guy that can make shots and we need him to make shots.”

Wes Strader honored

Western Kentucky honored longtime broadcaster Wes Strader on Thursday at halftime.

Strader called WKU basketball and football games for 36 years. He continues to host a radio show in Bowling Green twice a week that includes discussion of WKU athletics, and hosts the “Topper Tailgate” radio show before WKU football games, a men’s basketball pre-game show and the “Hilltopper Hotline” call-in show after men’s basketball games.

Strader is also an honorary member of WKU’s Alumni W-Club.

Cortland Finnegan takes

in the Tops

NFL St. Louis Rams defensive back Cortland Finnegan was in attendance at Thursday’s game.

Finnegan, formerly a member of the Tennessee Titans, has a long-standing friendship with Kelsey Towns, a Nashville native and WKU student who was diagnosed with cancer in 2010.

Towns is a manager for the WKU volleyball team. Finnegan sat with Towns, WKU volleyball coach Travis Hudson and other members of the team while watching the Hilltoppers beat ULM.

NOTES — Western Kentucky made eight 3-pointers Thursday, extending its streak of 800 games with at least one made 3-point shot. That streak is the sixth-longest active one in the nation. ... WKU senior Jamal Crook needs two assists to pass A.J. Slaughter’s 332, seventh most in a WKU career. ... WKU sophomore George Fant has started 37 straight games. ... The Hilltoppers are 11-2 this season when leading at halftime, 13-0 when leading with less than five minutes to play. ... WKU sophomore guard Kevin Kaspar (groin) did not play Thursday. ... The announced attendance of 3,623 was the lowest of the season.

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