WKU defeats Kentucky Wesleyan 96-71 in exhibition

Western Kentucky guard/forward Jared Savage (left) and guard Taveion Hollingsworth celebrate Saturday during the Hilltoppers' 96-71 win in an exhibition game against Kentucky Wesleyan at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Western Kentucky will compete in the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, the event announced Thursday.

The Hilltoppers will be a part of the 20th annual event, which takes place Nov. 22-25, 2019, at the University of the Virgin Islands Sports and Fitness Center on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.

WKU is joined in the field by Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Fordham, Grand Canyon, Illinois State, Nevada and Valparaiso. This is the program’s first appearance in the tournament.

The eight-team event is a single-elimination bracket with each team playing three games.

WKU is 39-21 all-time against Bowling Green, Cincinnati, Fordham, Illinois State and Nevada. The Hilltoppers have never faced Valparaiso or Grand Canyon, although they’ll take on Valpo next week in the first round of the Myrtle Beach Invitational.

The Sports & Fitness Center on the University of the Virgin Islands campus has been home to the Paradise Jam since its construction in 2001. The 3,000-seat venue features four locker rooms, air conditioning, a custom hardwood floor, a training room, concessions, VIP lounge, media workroom and ethernet connectivity.

The Sports & Fitness Center regularly reaches standing-room capacity throughout the Paradise Jam tournament.

Game times and matchups for the 2019 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam will be announced next spring, following the conclusion of the 2018-19 season. For more information about the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, visit www.paradisejam.com.{&end}

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Bowling Green Daily News sports reporter primarily covering Western Kentucky football and men's basketball.

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