Western Kentucky University basketball 2018-19
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WKU center Charles Bassey went toe-to-toe with one of the top players in the country Saturday and led the Hilltoppers to a memorable win, earning his fourth Conference USA Men’s Basketball Freshman of the Week Award in the process Monday.

The 6-foot-11, 245-pound native of Lagos, Nigeria, tallied 19 points, six rebounds and four blocks in WaKU’s 83-76 home upset of No. 15/16 Wisconsin on Saturday at E.A. Diddle Arena.

Bassey went 7 of 8 from the field and hit all five of his free throws, all while going up against Wisconsin preseason All-American Ethan Happ. He also added two assists and a steal.

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His defense was stellar, holding the usually efficient Happ to a 9-of-23 performance from the field and swatting away multiple of the senior star’s shots in the final minutes of the game.

Bassey and the Hilltoppers begin C-USA play this week at Charlotte at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday.

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Zach Greenwell

Associate Director

WKU Athletic Communications/Media Relations


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