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Walden Scores 1,000th Point in win over Southern Utah

Posted on 27 November 2014 by admin

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CEDAR CITY, Utah – Trailing by eight early in the second half, Eastern Kentucky scored 12 straight to key a 20-4 run to go on top by eight on its way to a 73-64 victory at Southern Utah on Wednesday.

It was the Colonels (4-0) first road game of the season.

Corey Walden scored a career-best and game-high 33 points. His lay-up at the 4:55 mark of the second half made the senior the 33rd player to score 1,000 points as a Colonel.

He made 10-of-17 from the field, 5-of-6 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the stripe. He also had three assists and two steals.

Timmy Knipp scored 13 points, all in the second half. Eric Stutz pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

Eastern was behind 42-34 when a three-point barrage began the game-changing run. Jonathan Hood got it started, Knipp hit one, then Walden and another from Knipp for 12 unanswered. Two free throws by Walden finished off what became a 20-4 run.

After making just 27 percent of its three-pointers in the first half, the Colonels made 6-of-15 in the second for 40 percent. EKU out-rebounded the home team 38-37 and committed seven fewer turnovers.

SSU made 52 percent of its first half shots, but connected on just 33 percent in the second, including only 3-of-11 from behind the arc.

Southern Utah (0-4) scored the first basket of the game to put Eastern behind for the first time all season. The Colonels trailed 5-2 before using a 15-2 run to take a 10-point lead. Jaylen Babb-Harrison had and old-fashioned three-point play and Walden and Hood each drained a three-pointer during the run.

The Thunderbirds answered with a 15-4 run to tie the game 24-24. The home squad used a late 7-0 first half run to build edge in front 32-30 and took a 34-31 lead into the break at the half.

The Colonels continue their two-game road trip on Saturday at BYU. The two teams entered Wednesday’s games as the top-2 scoring teams in the nation. Tip-off in Provo, Utah is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.

NOTES
Eastern Kentucky entered the game first in the nation in scoring at 102 points per game and third in scoring defense (46 ppg).

Three players entered Wednesday’s game ranked in the top-20 in the nation in steals. Corey Walden was first in the country with 4.33 steals per game. Isaac McGlone was third with an average of four per game. Jaylen Babb-Harrison was 19th at three steals per game.

The Colonels began the day ranked first in the country in scoring margin (+56.0), assist-to-turnover ratio (2.37), steals per game (17.7) and turnover margin (+24.7).

Eastern Kentucky had never trailed in any of its first three games of the season.

Eastern’s first three opponents this season averaged 33.7 turnovers per game. Southern Utah finished with 18 turnovers on Wednesday.

Southern Utah had allowed all three of its opponents to shoot 50 percent or better from the field and 50 percent or better from three-point range. Eastern made 37 percent of its shots from the field and 35 percent from deep.

Since the start of the 2012-13 season, Eastern Kentucky is now 16-2 in the month of November.

EKU also entered the game among the nation’s leaders in assists per game (5th), turnovers per game (6th), three-point field goals per game (8th), free throw percentage (9th) and field goal percentage (18th).

Senior Eric Stutz entered the game with the sixth best field goal percentage in the nation (76 percent).

Corey Walden needed 27 points to become the 33rd player to score 1,000 points as a Colonel. He now needs 70 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.

Eric Stutz is 108 points and five rebounds away from becoming the 13th player in Eastern Kentucky to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.

This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

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Hunter named OVC Player of the Week

Posted on 25 November 2014 by admin

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Lady Colonel sophomore Michaela Hunter was named OVC Player of the Week in women’s basketball today. Hunter averaged 20.5 points and 9.0 rebounds in the consolation bracket games of the Preseason WNIT. She notched a double-double versus Mercer with career-highs of 27 points and 12 rebounds. She also recorded three assists, one block and one steal while going 5-of-7 from three-point range against the Bears. In the win over Central Arkansas, Hunter scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds to go with four steals and three assists. She also sank two free throws with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to give EKU the win.

Eastern Kentucky defeated Central Arkasnas (56-55) before falling to Mercer (69-64) in the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT last week. Junior Shameekia ‘Polly’ Murray scored a team-high 15 points versus Central Arkansas and followed that up with 16 points against Mercer. She finished the week with three rebounds, three steals and three assists. Eastern Kentucky will travel to the UNC Wilmington Thanksgiving Classic where it will face Western Carolina on Friday and North Florida on Saturday.

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Mobley named OVC Offensive Player of the Year

Posted on 25 November 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Ohio Valley Conference champion Jacksonville State took home three of the four major 2014 postseason OVC football awards while Eastern Kentucky won the other in voting conducted by league head coaches and sports information directors and announced on Tuesday.

Jacksonville State junior defensive tackle Devaunte Sigler was named OVC Defensive Player of the Year and offensive tackle Justin Lea was named OVC Freshman of the Year while their coach John Grass was tabbed the OVC Roy Kidd Coach of the Year. The other major award went to Eastern Kentucky junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley who was named OVC Offensive Player of the Year.

Jacksonville State led the way with eight first-team selections and had 18 total selections across the first-team, second-team and All-Newcomer squads. Eastern Illinois was second with 12 picks across the three teams, including five first-team and five second-team selections. The All-OVC first-team included 13 seniors, 10 juniors and two sophomores while the second-team included 12 seniors, nine juniors, two sophomores and two freshmen.

Mobley proved to be a difference maker for Eastern Kentucky after transferring from the University of Kentucky, as he helped the Colonels earn its 21st NCAA Division I Playoff appearance and first since the 2011 season. The junior ranks fifth nationally in rushing touchdowns (19), sixth in scoring (10.0 points/game), 11th in rushing yards (1,395), 13th in rushing yards/game (116.3), 21st in rushing yards/carry (5.91) and 22nd in all-purpose yards (138.83 yards/game). A finalist for the Walter Payton Award, Mobley tied the OVC record for touchdowns in a game when he scored six (five rushing, one receiving) in a victory over Murray State; he finished that game with 324 all-purpose yards (the fifth-highest total in the FCS this season), including 224 rushing and 100 receiving yards, on his way to National Player of the Week honors. Mobley produced eight 100-yard rushing games this season (the most in the league), scored multiple rushing touchdowns in five contests and ranked third on his team with 30 receptions. His 19 rushing touchdowns are the third-most in OVC single-season history, his 120 points are the fifth-most and he needs just 148 rushing yards to move into 10th place in league history. Mobley is the 11th Eastern Kentucky player to be named OVC Offensive Player of the Year and first since quarterback Allan Holland took home the honor in 2007. He joins a group of three other EKU running backs to win the award including Everett Talbert (1974 and 1976) Elroy Harris (1988) and Markus Thomas (1991 and 1992).

The All-OVC first-team was highlighted by Mobley at the running back position. He was joined by Jacksonville State senior DaMarcus James who earned his second-straight All-OVC first-team accolades. Despite missing a game James rushed for 1,023 yards in 10 games and ranked second in the OVC and 18th nationally with 13 rushing touchdowns. The All-American now has 48 career rushing touchdowns which ranks fifth in OVC history. The first-team quarterback is Jacksonville State sophomore Eli Jenkins who had another solid season after a breakout FCS Playoffs in 2013. Jenkins passed for 1,617 yards and 11 touchdowns and rushed for 614 yards and five scores in leading the Gamecocks to a 10-1 record and the nation’s fourth-ranked offense (510.5 yards/game). The wide receiver position included Eastern Illinois senior Adam Drake and Southeast Missouri State junior Paul McRoberts. Drake capped his career by ranking sixth in OVC history in career receptions (202) and receiving yards (2,979) and ninth in career receiving touchdowns (26). This season his 1,321 receiving yards are the most in the FCS, his 110.1 yards/game average ranks fourth and his 7.8 catches/game is fifth nationally; his 93 catches in 2014 are the fourth-most in OVC single-season history. Despite missing five games due to injury McRoberts made a huge impact for first-year Southeast Missouri State coach Tom Matukewicz. The junior caught six touchdowns in the first four games of the season including the game-winner as the Redhawks topped No. 3 Southeastern Louisiana in September; he returned to the field in November and caught three more touchdowns and tallied a pair of 100-yard receiving games. Eastern Illinois senior Jeff LePak earned his second consecutive first-team All-OVC honor at tight end after catching 30 passes for 321 yards and a touchdown. The first-team offensive line included a pair of Jacksonville State players in senior center Max Holcombe (a repeat first-team selection) and junior guard Adam Wright. The team also included Eastern Illinois senior guard Collin Seibert (who earned his third-straight first-team All-OVC honors), UT Martin senior tackle Charles Sweeton and Eastern Kentucky junior tackle Brett Eyckmans.

The first-team defense was headlined by JSU’s Sigler who was joined on the defensive line by another newcomer in teammate LaMichael Fanning. Fanning, a transfer from Alabama, tallied 26 tackles, 5.0 tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks and three quarterback hurries despite drawing numerous double teams. The defensive line also included a pair of Tennessee State seniors in Samquan Evans and Anthony Bass. Evans and Bass helped the Tigers rank first in the OVC in total defense as Evans notched 44 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, 7.5 tackles and five quarterback hurries while Bass added 36 tackles, 12.5 tackles-for-loss, 7.0 sacks and five quarterback hurries. The linebackers included another Tennessee State player in senior Nick Thrasher, who had 128 tackles (the second-most in the OVC), 11.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks, UT Martin senior Tony Bell and Eastern Illinois junior Kamu Grugier-Hill. Bell, a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award, ranked ninth nationally in tackles-for-loss (1.8/game) and sixth in fumbles recovered (3) while adding 76 tackles, 11 quarterback hurries, an interception and two forced fumbles. Grugier-Hill led EIU with 97 tackles while adding 9.5 tackles-for-loss, 1.5 sacks, three interceptions, three pass breakups, five quarterback hurries, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. The defensive backs included Tennessee State senior De’Ante Saunders, Tennessee Tech senior Marty Jones, Jacksonville State junior Jermaine Hough and Eastern Illinois junior Jourdan Wickliffe. Saunders had an OVC-best five interceptions on the season while tallying 51 tackles and six pass breakups. Jones had four interceptions in one game this season (tying the OVC single-game record) in earning National Defensive Player of the Week honors; the senior also ranked 27th nationally in tackles/game (9.4). Hough added four interceptions and ranked 20th nationally in passes defended (1.2/game) while Wickliffe had four interceptions to go along with 62 tackles.

The first-team All-OVC specialists included three first-time honorees in Southeast Missouri State sophomore kicker Ryan McCrum, Jacksonville State junior punter Hamish MacInnes and Murray State junior return specialist Pokey Harris. McCrum was the only kicker in the FCS to kick four field goals of 50 yards of longer this season, connecting from 55, 54, 52 and 51 yards (the 55-yard was the third-longest nationally). Overall the sophomore, who ranks fifth nationally in field goals/game (1.5), made nine field goals of 40 yards or longer while four of his five misses came from 43 yards of longer. MacInnes averaged 39.5 yards/punt including a long of 58 yards, had six punts of 50-plus yards and 14 that were downed inside the opponent’s 20-yard line. Harris ranked sixth nationally in kickoff returns, averaging 28.8 yards/return, and returned three kicks for touchdowns, which led all FCS players. In back-to-back weeks he returned a kickoff 100 yards for a touchdown, becoming just the third player in OVC history to have multiple 100-yard touchdown returns in a career (and one of just 12 total 100-yard kickoff returns in league history).

The All-OVC second-team offensive unit included Eastern Illinois junior quarterback Jalen Whitlow (2,075 passing yards, 15 passing TDs, 792 rushing yards, 12 rushing TDs) and a pair of running backs in UT Martin senior Abou Toure (1,138 yards, 8 TDs) and Southeast Missouri State junior DeMichael Jackson (734 yards, 5 rushing TDs, 2 receiving TDs). The second-team also included Murray State senior Janawski Davis (63 catches, 909 yards, a league-best 13 TDs), Jacksonville State sophomore wide receiver Josh Barge (53 catches, 867 yards, 4 TDs) and JSU senior tight end Bo Brummel (7 catches, 124 yards, 4 TDs). The second-team offensive line picks were Eastern Illinois junior center Nick Borre and sophomore tackle Evan Kanz, Eastern Kentucky junior guard Trey Shelton, Tennessee State senior guard Robert Myers and JSU’s Lea, the OVC Freshman of the Year.

The second-team defensive line included a pair of Jacksonville State players in senior Caleb Lawrence (25 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks) and junior Chris Landrum (31 tackles, 9.0 TFL, 3.0 sacks, 3 FF) as well as Eastern Illinois junior Dino Fanti (64 tackles, 15.5 TFL, 6 QBH) and Tennessee State junior Gabe Terry (24 tackles, 11.0 TFL, 11.5 sacks). The linebackers included Jacksonville State senior Ben Endress (97 tackles, 9.5 TFL, 2.0 sacks), Eastern Kentucky senior Tyrell Johnson (75 tackles, 2.5 TFL) and Eastern Illinois senior Robert Haynes (75 tackles, 13.5 TFL, 2.5 sacks). The defensive backs were Eastern Kentucky senior Brandon Stanley (109 tackles, 7.0 TFL, 4 INTs, 2 FF), Tennessee State senior Daniel Fitzpatrick (56 tackles, 2 INT, 5 PBU), Southeast Missouri State senior Tim Hamm-Bey (45 tackles, 2 INT, 10 PBU) and Tennessee Tech senior Austin Tallant (101 tackles, 6 TFL, 2 INT, 3 FF).

The second-team specialists were Eastern Kentucky senior kicker Andrew Lloyd (14-of-19 FGs, 42-of-43 PATs) and a pair of Tennessee Tech teammates in redshirt freshman punter Jonathan King (41.5 yards/punt, 28 inside opponent’s 20-yard line) and junior return specialist Ladarius Vanlier (2 punt return touchdowns, 1 kickoff return touchdown).

Eleven players were selected to the All-OVC Newcomer squad; to be selected to the team an individual had to be a first-year player (freshman or transfer) in the OVC. One of the selections was JSU’s Lea, who was the OVC Freshman of the Year and a second-team All-OVC pick. The squad also included seven other players who were either first or second-team All-OVC selections including EKU’s Mobley (Offensive Player of the Year and first-team running back), JSU’s Sigler (Defensive Player of the Year and first-team defensive lineman), Fanning (first-team defensive lineman) and Brummel (second-team tight end), EIU’s Whitlow (second-team quarterback), TSU’s Terry (second-team defensive line) and TTU’s King (second-team punter). The remaining All-Newcomer selections included Eastern Illinois freshman kicker/punter Nick Bruno (14-of-16 FGs, 44-of-45 PATs, 34.7 yards/punt), Tennessee Tech freshman wide receiver Brock McCoin (43 catches, 517 yards, 2 TDs) and UT Martin junior linebacker Nick Dance (56 tackles, 5.0 TFL, 2 FF).

2014 All-OVC Football Teams and Award Winners

OVC Offensive Player of the Year: Dy’Shawn Mobley (RB), Eastern Kentucky
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Devaunte Sigler (DT), Jacksonville State
OVC Freshman of the Year: Justin Lea (OT), Jacksonville State
OVC Roy Kidd Coach of the Year: John Grass, Jacksonville State

FIRST-TEAM OFFENSE
QB – Eli Jenkins, Jacksonville State
RB – Dy’Shawn Mobley, Eastern Kentucky
RB – DaMarcus James, Jacksonville State
WR – Adam Drake, Eastern Illinois
WR – Paul McRoberts, Southeast Missouri
TE – Jeff LePak, Eastern Illinois
C – Max Holcombe, Jacksonville State
OG – Collin Seibert, Eastern Illinois
OG – Adam Wright, Jacksonville State
OT – Charles Sweeton, UT Martin
OT – Brett Eyckmans, Eastern Kentucky

FIRST-TEAM DEFENSE
DL – Devaunte Sigler, Jacksonville Stat
DL – LaMichael Fanning, Jacksonville State
DL – Samquan Evans, Tennessee State
DL – Anthony Bass, Tennessee State
LB – Tony Bell, UT Martin
LB – Nick Thrasher, Tennessee State
LB – Kamu Grugier-Hill, Eastern Illinois
DB – De’Ante Saunders, Tennessee State
DB – Jermaine Hough, Jacksonville State
DB – Jourdan Wickliffe, Eastern Illinois
DB – Marty Jones, Tennessee Tech

FIRST-TEAM SPECIALISTS
K – Ryan McCrum, Southeast Missouri
P – Hamish MacInnes, Jacksonville State
RS – Pokey Harris, Murray State

SECOND-TEAM OFFENSE
QB – Jalen Whitlow, Eastern Illinois
RB – Abou Toure, UT Martin
RB – DeMichael Jackson, Southeast Missouri
WR – Josh Barge, Jacksonville State
WR – Janawski Davis, Murray State
TE – Bo Brummel, Jacksonville State
C – Nick Borre, Eastern Illinois
OG – Trey Shelton, Eastern Kentucky
OG – Robert Myers, Tennessee State
OT – Justin Lea, Jacksonville State
OT – Evan Kanz, Eastern Illinois

SECOND-TEAM DEFENSE
DL – Dino Fanti, Eastern Illinois
DL – Chris Landrum, Jacksonville State
DL – Caleb Lawrence, Jacksonville State
DL – Gabe Terry, Tennessee State
LB – Ben Endress, Jacksonville State
LB – Tyrelle Johnson, Eastern Kentucky
LB – Robert Haynes, Eastern Illinois
DB – Brandon Stanley, Eastern Kentucky
DB – Daniel Fitzpatrick Tennessee State
DB – Tim Hamm-Bey, Southeast Missouri
DB – Austin Tallant, Tennessee Tech

SECOND-TEAM SPECIALISTS
K – Andrew Lloyd, Eastern Kentucky
P – Jonathan King, Tennessee Tech
RS – Ladarius Vanlier, Tennessee Tech

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
QB – Jalen Whitlow, Eastern Illinois
K/P – Nick Bruno, Eastern Illinois
RB – Dy’Shawn Mobley, Eastern Kentucky
OT – Justin Lea, Jacksonville State
DE – LaMichael Fanning, Jacksonville State
DT – Devaunte Sigler, Jacksonville State
TE – Bo Brummel, Jacksonville State
DE – Gabe Terry, Tennessee State
WR – Brock McCoin, Tennessee Tech
P – Jonathan King, Tennessee Tech
LB – Nick Dance, UT Martin

Note: The All-Newcomer team is comprised of first-year players in the OVC – that can be either true freshmen, redshirt freshmen or first-year transfers. The team consists of 11 total players and is not voted on by position.

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Florida Downs EKU Football in Regular Season Finale, 52-3

Posted on 23 November 2014 by admin

 

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Host Florida tossed five touchdown passes on the way to a 52-3 victory over the Eastern Kentucky University football team Saturday afternoon. This was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Florida (6-4) never trailed as the Gators scored on three of their first four possessions.

The No. 14 (FCS) Colonels (9-3) trailed 10-0 until senior kicker Andrew Lloyd connected on a career-best 51-yard field goal late in the first quarter.

However, Florida responded on its very next play from scrimmage when quarterback Treon Harris found Quinton Dunbar behind the Colonel defense for a 70-yard touchdown strike. The Gators scored the final 21 points of the first half to take a 31-3 lead into halftime.

The Colonels moved the ball into Florida territory four times, but only came away with three points. Eastern attempted a fake field goal in the second quarter only to come up short of the end zone. Right before halftime, EKU had a touchdown overturned when junior wide receiver Jeff Glover’s apparent catch hit the ground.

Florida scored three times in the second half while Eastern turned to several reserves for playing time.

Junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, tallied 23 rushing yards and 11 receiving yards in limited first half snaps. He did not see any action in the second half.

For the Gators, wide receivers Demarcus Robinson and Quinton Dunbar combined for seven catches for 244 yards and four scores.

Eastern Kentucky now awaits word to see if it will play in the FCS playoffs next week. The NCAA FCS playoff selection show is tomorrow, Nov. 23 on ESPNU at 11 a.m.

NOTES
–Eastern Kentucky is now 0-5 all-time against SEC teams. EKU is 0-3 versus Kentucky, 0-1 versus Vanderbilt and 0-1 versus Florida.

–EKU is 7-21 all-time against NCAA FBS teams. The Colonels picked up their first win over an FBS team since 1985 earlier in the season thanks to a 17-10 victory over Miami (Ohio).

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Women’s Basketball Clipped by Mercer, 69-64, in Final Game of Preseason WNIT

Posted on 22 November 2014 by admin

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MACON, Ga. – Sophomore guard Michaela Hunter recorded a double-double with career highs in points (27) and rebounds (12) during the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team’s 69-64 loss to host Mercer on Saturday night at Hawkins Arena in the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT.

EKU (1-2) trailed by double digits, 57-47, with 6:30 to play in the game, but the Colonels staged a furious rally and tied the Bears, 60-60, on a three-pointer by Hunter with 2:17 on the clock.

Mercer stretched its lead back to five, 66-61, before Hunter hit another desperation three-pointer – her fifth of the game – to make it a one-possession game with 20 ticks showing.

The Bears converted two free throws on their next possession, though, and the Colonels missed their ensuing three-point attempt, and the game was over.

“We knew coming in that it was going to be a battle for 40 minutes,” head coach Chrissy Roberts said. “I’m proud of how well our kids responded. We talk about how this game is a game of runs. Things don’t always go our way. We fought, we battled, we competed and we just came up short, but we’ll take this game and grow as a team and get better. That’s a very good Mercer team.”

Hunter finished 10-of-20 from the field and 5-of-7 from behind the arc. She also collected a team-best 12 boards, dished out three assists, blocked a shot and came up with a steal.

Junior guard Shameekia Murray added 16 points and two assists. Junior forward Shelly Harper scored seven points and grabbed eight rebounds.

Precious Bridges scored 21 points to lead Mercer.

EKU will travel to Wilmington, N.C. next week to play in the UNCW Hampton Inn Thanksgiving Classic. The Colonels will play Western Carolina on Friday at 12:00 p.m. and North Florida on Saturday at 12:00 p.m.

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Stutz Perfect Shooting Leads EKU Rout Of Clermont

Posted on 22 November 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior forward Eric Stutz did not miss a shot and Eastern Kentucky never trailed Saturday night, defeating the University of Cincinnati Clermont College 115-50 at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels (3-0) used a 20-4 run midway through the first half to put the visiting Cougars (2-4) away.

Stutz led EKU with a career-high 23 points on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting. He made his only three-point attempt and was also 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

The 6-foot-8 Stutz dominated a smaller Cougar frontcourt, pulling in six rebounds, two of those offensive. Stutz made his first three-pointer of the season at the 17:34 mark of the second half with a long-range shot from the right wing.

Eastern Kentucky out-scored the visitors 60-16 in the paint.

The Colonels outscored Clermont 57-26 in the second half, including a 22-0 run that gave the home team a 92-28 lead.

Despite the large margin of victory, EKU as a team didn’t shoot well from three-point range for most of the game. The Colonels missed their first six threes and started just 1-of-10 from outside. Eastern went into halftime making just 5-of-19 from behind the arc.

The Colonels started to heat up from outside midway through the second half, finishing 11-of-35 (31.4 percent) on the night from deep.

The Colonel pressure defense forced 32 Clermont turnovers, and led to a 43-3 advantage in points off turnovers. Redshirt sophomore guard Jaylen Babb-Harrison led Eastern with six steals and sophomore guard Isaac McGlone added five. McGlone also had seven points, seven assists and six rebounds.

EKU limited Clermont to just 30.8 percent shooting during the game and just 7-of-22 from three-point range. The Cougars started out 3-of-5 from deep, but made just 5-of-17 the rest of the way.

Babb-Harrison added 22 points to the effort and senior guard Corey Walden had 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. Junior guard Ja’Mill Powell scored 17 points on 6-of-12 shooting.

The Colonels will now go on the road for the first time this season, playing Wednesday at Southern Utah and then Saturday, Nov. 29 at BYU.

NOTES
Eric Stutz surpassed his previous career high of 22 points. He did that twice – versus Brescia on Dec. 3, 2011 and against Southeast Missouri in the quarterfinals of the OVC Tournament on March 7, 2013.

The most points ever scored by an EKU team was 122 against Akron on Jan. 19, 1980.

Eastern Kentucky entered the game with the 14th longest home court non-conference winning streak in the nation. That streak is now at 25 straight games.

Eastern Kentucky is 31-3 in its last 34 home games.

Isaac McGlone set new career-highs for assists (7) and rebounds (6). He tied his career-high with five steals.

All 10 players available for to play in the game scored at least three points.

Corey Walden is 27 points away from becoming the 33rd player to score 1,000 points as a Colonel. He now needs 72 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.

Eric Stutz is 112 points and 16 rebounds away from becoming the 13th player in Eastern Kentucky to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.

This was the first-ever meeting between the two schools.

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Hunter’s Late Free Throws Lift EKU Past Central Arkansas, 56-55

Posted on 22 November 2014 by admin

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MACON, Ga. – Sophomore guard Michaela Hunter knocked down a pair of free throws with 10 seconds remaining in regulation to lift the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team past Central Arkansas, 56-55, on Friday at Hawkins Arena in the consolation bracket of the Preseason WNIT.

EKU (1-1) trailed by a point, 55-54, following a layup by Central Arkansas’ Terai Sadler with 1:38 showing on the clock; however, sophomore guard Alexus Cooper came up with a crucial steal with 21 seconds remaining and got the ball to Hunter, who was fouled and sent to the line. The Mt. Vernon, Ky. native calmly sank both free-throw attempts to give the Colonels the lead.

Cooper then stole the ball again on UCA’s ensuing possession to seal EKU’s first win of the 2014-15 season.

In all, the Colonels came up with 14 steals in the game, their highest total since a 16-steal performance versus Jacksonville State on Feb. 16, 2013.

EKU’s backcourt duo of Hunter and junior guard Shameekia Murray paced the Colonels on the night with 14 and 15 points, respectively. Hunter also notched team highs in rebounds (six) and steals (four).

Sophomore guard Mariah Massengill made her first-career start at point guard on Friday and contributed seven points and career-best seven assists.

Brianna Mullins led the Sugar Bears with 21 points and eight rebounds in the contest.

The game was a tale of two halves, as UCA led by as many as 10 points in the first half following a three-pointer by Mullins with 4:58 on the clock. A jumper by Murray on Eastern’s ensuing possession, though, sparked the Colonels on a 12-2 run as a bucket by Hunter just before the buzzer made it a tie game, 29-29, at halftime.

A bucket in the paint by junior forward Shelly Harper right out of halftime gave EKU its first lead since the 11:18 mark of the first half, and the Colonels led until 2:24 remained in the game.

Eastern stifled Central Arkansas to just 29.6 percent (8-of-27) shooting from the field in a dominant second half of play.

The Colonels will now play the winner of Mercer/Jackson State on Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET.

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Dean Hood Named a Finalist For The Eddie Robinson Award

Posted on 20 November 2014 by admin

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Eastern Kentucky University head football coach Dean Hood was selected as one of 20 finalists for the Eddie Robinson Award Thursday afternoon. The award, presented annually by The Sports Network, is given to the top coach in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).

In his seventh season at Eastern Kentucky, Hood has guided the Colonels to a 9-2 overall record and 6-2 mark in OVC action. The nine overall wins are the most for Hood in his tenure with the program. The team started the season 6-0, which was the program’s best start since 1990. One of those wins came against FBS opponent Miami (Ohio), giving EKU its first win over a FBS team since 1985.

Eastern currently ranks second nationally in turnovers gained (30) and turned those turnovers into 112 points. EKU is ranked No. 14 in this week’s Sports Network top-25 poll.

Hood was also a finalist for the Robinson Award in 2008, finishing 18th in the balloting.

A national panel of sports information and media relations directors, broadcasters, writers and other dignitaries select the Robinson Award, now in its 28th year. The winner will be announced Dec. 15 at The Sports Network FCS Awards Banquet and Presentation.

The OVC has had two previous Eddie Robinson Award winners – Murray State’s Houston Nutt in 1995 and Southeast Missouri’s Tony Samuel in 2010.

The Colonels wrap up the regular season this Saturday, Nov. 22 with their first-ever visit to Florida. The game will be televised by the SEC Network beginning at noon.

2014 Eddie Robinson Award Finalists
Beau Baldwin, Eastern Washington (Big Sky Conference)
Rod Broadway, North Carolina A&T (Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference)
Clint Conque, Stephen F. Austin (Southland Conference)
Marty Fine, Bryant (Northeast Conference)
Broderick Fobbs, Grambling State (Southwestern Athletic Conference)
John Grass, Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley Conference)
Dean Hood, Eastern Kentucky (Ohio Valley Conference)
Russ Huesman, Chattanooga (Southern Conference)
Chris Klieman, North Dakota State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
Mike Kramer, Idaho State (Big Sky Conference)
Dale Lindsey, San Diego (Pioneer Football League)
Sean McDonnell, New Hampshire (CAA Football)
Joe Moglia, Coastal Carolina (Big South Conference)
Tim Murphy, Harvard (Ivy League)
Tony Reno, Yale (Ivy League)
Mike Sanford, Indiana State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
Brock Spack, Illinois State (Missouri Valley Football Conference)
Mark Speir, Western Carolina (Southern Conference)
Joe Susan, Bucknell (Patriot League)
Everett Withers, James Madison (CAA Football)

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Women’s Basketball Signs Abby Wright for 2015-16

Posted on 18 November 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team signed one high school senior, Abby Wright, during the early signing period, head coach Chrissy Roberts announced on Tuesday. Wright is a 5-11 forward from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

“We are very excited to welcome Abby to the Colonel family,” Roberts said. “Abby is a multidimensional forward who can play inside or pop out and shoot the three-pointer, and her versatility will fit in well in our system here at EKU.”

Wright averaged 22.1 points-per-game, 9.1 rebound-per-game and 5.1 steals-per-game as a junior at Lancaster Christian Academy in Smyrna, Tennessee. She transferred to Oakland High during the offseason.

A three-year starter at LCA, Wright scored over 1,000 points during her career there and helped lead the Knights to a National Association of Christian Athletes (NACA) National Championship last season.

EKU will lose one senior, Meredith Polson, to graduation at the end of this season. Eight sophomores and six juniors currently comprise the remainder of the Colonels’ roster.

Eastern went 17-13 last season and advanced to the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time since 2005.

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Mobley picks up named FCS Offensive Player of the Week by TSN

Posted on 17 November 2014 by admin

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PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Thanks to his record-setting performance in the 43-36 win over Murray State on Saturday, Eastern Kentucky University football player Dy’Shawn Mobley was named the national FCS Offensive Player of the Week by The Sports Network.

Mobley tied the OVC single-game record by scoring six touchdowns (five rushing, one receiving) in EKU’s comeback win over the Racers. Mobley finished the game with 324 all-purpose yards, the fourth-most by a FCS player this season. The native of Powell, Tennessee carried the ball 40 times for a personal-high 224 yards (5.6 yards per carry) and five touchdowns (also tying the OVC record in that category), which is tied for the most by a FCS player this season.

Mobley, a candidate for the Walter Payton Award, scored on runs of two, one, eight, six and one yards with the final two rushing scores coming in the fourth quarter as EKU overcame a 20-point halftime deficit. In the third quarter, the junior caught a screen pass and went 72 yards for a touchdown (the second longest play from scrimmage by an EKU player this season).

Mobley’s six total touchdowns and 36 points tied the OVC record originally set by Murray State’s Derrick Cullors in 1995 against Morehead State. His five rushing touchdowns tied the OVC record held by four other individuals – Jacksonville State’s DaMarcus James, Tennessee Tech’s Derek White, Austin Peay’s Daniel Williams and Youngtown State’s Paris Wicks. Mobley currently ranks fourth nationally (and third in OVC single-season history) with 19 rushing touchdowns, while also ranking fifth in scoring (10.9 points per game), 10th in rushing yards per game (124.7) and 16th in all-purpose yards (148.36 per game).

The other Sports Network national weekly award winners were Alabama State linebacker Kourtney Berry (Co-Defensive), Indiana State safety Mark Sewall (Co-Defensive), Sacred Heart linebacker James Rentz (Special Teams), Furman quarterback P.J. Blazejowski (Co-Freshman) and Abilene Christian running back De’Andre Brown (Co-Freshman).

College Sporting News, another major FCS media outlet, also selected Mobley as one of five FCS National All-Stars for the week of Nov. 17.

Eastern Kentucky (9-2, 6-2 OVC) wraps up the regular season this Saturday, Nov. 22 with its first-ever visit to Florida. The game will be televised by the SEC Network beginning at noon.

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