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Colonels Fall At Florida Atlantic

Posted on 23 December 2014 by admin

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BOCA RATON, Fla. – In a game that saw 13 lead changes and 12 ties, Eastern Kentucky came up short in a 69-66 loss at Florida Atlantic on Monday.
With the game tied for the final time, 60-60, FAU’s Javier Lacunza hit a three-pointer from the corner with four seconds left on the shot clock to give his team the lead for good. The Owls (6-4) went up by six, 68-62, on a three-pointer by Jackson Trapp with 27 seconds left in the game.
EKU (6-5) scored four straight on a dunk by Ja’Mill Powell and a lay-up by Corey Walden to get within two. Trapp missed one of two free throws with four seconds remaining leaving the Colonels with a chance to tie, but Walden’s shot from one step inside half court missed.
Walden led Eastern with 15 points to go along with four steals and three rebounds. Eric Stutz added 13 points, six assists and five rebounds.
Trapp hit six 3-pointers and had a game-high 19 points. Kelvin Penn finished with eight points and 14 rebounds. Florida Atlantic hit 11-of-21 from three-point range (52.4 percent) and out-rebounded the Colonels by 16.
The teams battled to a 30-30 tie in the first half after exchanging runs. EKU scored the first five points and led 7-2 early. FAU went on an 18-5 run to take a 20-12 advantage. The Colonels answered with a 12-2 run to go on top by two, 24-22. Denzel Richardson made to lay-ups, the second coming with one second left in the first half, to send the Colonels to the locker room tied.
Six straight by Eastern with about 12 minutes left in the game gave the visitors a five-point margin, their largest of the second half. However, Florida Atlantic answered with six straight of its own to erase the lead and go up by one, 46-45, with 10:16 left to play.
Eastern will be back in game action on Dec. 30 at Coppin State. Tip-off in Baltimore is scheduled for 1 p.m.
NOTES
Eastern Kentucky entered the game second in the nation in turnover margin (+10.6) and third in steals per game (11.6 spg). The Colonels finished with 14 fewer turnovers and 10 steals.

Florida Atlantic had held its opponents to 59.4 points per game this season.

FAU entered the game limiting its opponents to 24 percent shooting from three-point range this season. After hitting each of their first three attempts, the Colonels missed their final 11 to finish 3-of-14 for 21 percent.

EKU had held three of its previous four opponents to below 33 percent shooting from three-point range. FAU made 12-of-21 for 57 percent.

Florida Atlantic is now 5-0 at home this season.

In its two previous games, Eastern Kentucky had made only 12 trips combined to the free throw line. The Colonels went to the stripe 12 times against FAU.

Tonight was Jeff Neubauer’s 300th game as head coach at EKU. Paul McBrayer (356) is the only other in program history to have coached more games.

Eric Stutz is now 31 points away from becoming the 13th player in Eastern Kentucky to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.

Corey Walden now needs 52 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.

The Colonels entered the game with an RPI ranking of 89. FAU had was ranked 210 in the RPI.

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

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Mobley Named to Sports Network All-American Team

Posted on 23 December 2014 by admin

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Eastern Kentucky University junior running back Dy’Shawn Mobley was one of 11 OVC players named to the Sports Network All-America Team. Mobley was a third team selection.
In his first season at Eastern Kentucky after transferring from Kentucky, Mobley, a finalist for the Walter Payton award, guided the Colonels to an at-large berth in the FCS Playoffs. He rushed for 20 touchdowns (sixth-most nationally) and 1,491 yards (12th nationally) while also ranking sixth nationally in scoring (9.7 points/game), 14th nationally in rushing yards/game (114.7) and 22nd in all-purpose yards (138.5/game).
During the year he tied the OVC record with six total touchdowns (5 rushing, 1 receiving) against Murray State in a game he had 324 all-purpose yards (the sixth-highest total by a FCS player this season). Mobley had eight 100-yard rushing games during the season and scored multiple rushing touchdowns in five games. His 20 rushing touchdowns were the third-most in OVC single-season history while his 126 points were the fourth-most in OVC history.
Players from the OVC who made first-team selections included Jacksonville State senior center Max Holcombe, Eastern Illinois senior offensive lineman Collin Seibert and Murray State junior kick returner Pokey Harris. The second-team choices were Eastern Illinois senior wide receiver Adam Drake, UT Martin senior linebacker Tony Bell, Tennessee State senior defensive back De’Ante Saunders and Tennessee Tech junior punt returner Ladarius Vanlier. Along with Mobley, the third-team selections included Southeast Missouri sophomore kicker Ryan McCrum, Jacksonville State junior defensive lineman Devaunte Sigler and Jacksonville State junior defensive back Jermaine Hough.

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EKU Falls to Richmond in Non-Conference Finale, 70-56

Posted on 23 December 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team dropped its non-conference finale to Richmond, 70-56, on Sunday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.
EKU (5-5) outscored (30-28) and outrebounded (25-16) Richmond (6-4) in the second half; however, the Colonels’ first-half deficit was too much to overcome and the Spiders held on for the win.
Shameekia Murray led EKU in scoring for the second consecutive game, dropping 16 points, grabbing three boards and dishing out two assists. Sophomore Michaela Hunter added 12 points six rebounds and three steals.
Janelle Hubbard paced Richmond with 20 points.
The Spiders shot 51 percent (25-of-49) from the floor in the win. They also connected on 14-of-18 (78 percent) free throws.
EKU trailed by only nine, 25-16, at the halfway point of the first half, but a three-pointer by Hubbard sparked a 14-4 Richmond run that gave the Spiders a 39-20 advantage with 4:22 showing on the clock. A bucket in the paint by Junior Jasmine Henshaw with just over a minute to play helped cut the deficit to 16, 42-26, at halftime.
Richmond, however, went on a 10-2 run to open the second half and took its largest lead of the day, 52-28, on a jumper by Hubbard with 16:16 on the clock.
The Colonels ratcheted up the defensive pressure following the early-second half run and slowly began to crawl back into the game, but it was too late.
EKU will open Ohio Valley Conference play versus Austin Peay on Jan. 3. Tip at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.

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Walden Named OVC Co-Player Of The Week

Posted on 23 December 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Corey Walden was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Colonels to a 28-point victory at No. 18 Miami on Friday.
Playing in his home state, the senior led Eastern (6-4) with a game-high 18 points. The Daytona Beach native also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.
He hit two long 3-pointers from the “U” logo in the final five minutes to squelch any Miami comeback attempt.
Earlier in the week, Walden had 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists against East Tennessee.
In both games combined, Walden shot 55 percent (12-of-22) from the field and made 4-of-9 from three-point range. He also averaged three steals and 2.5 assists per game.
The Colonels finish their two-game road trip to South Florida tonight at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

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Colonels upset 18th ranked Hurricanes

Posted on 20 December 2014 by admin

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Miami, Fla. – Eastern Kentucky nevier trailed in beating No. 18 Miami by 28 points, 72-44, on Friday night
Playing in his home state, senior Corey Walden led Eastern (6-4) with a game-high 18 points.  The Daytona Beach native also had five rebounds, two assists and two steals.  Timmy Knipp added 17 points.  Eric Stutz scored 13, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out five assists.
Isaac McGlone came off the bench to score 12 points on 4-of-4 shooting from three-point range.
EKU led by two at halftime but began the second stanza with a 24-4 run.  McGlone hit two of his treys during the run, his second made it 43-27.  Miami (9-2) answered with two free throws at the other end, but Knipp nailed two three-pointers from the left corner on two straight possessions to essentially put the game away.  A lay-up by Jaylen Babb-Harrison finished off the run and put the Colonels in front by 22, 51-29, with 8:49 left in the game.
The Hurricanes began the second half 1-of-13 from the field.  The Colonels shot 61 percent in the final 20 minutes of the game.  Eastern scored more points in the second half (45) than Miami scored in the game (44).
Walden made a pair of long three-pointers in the final five minutes to squelch any thought of a Hurricane comeback.
Eastern scored the first five points of the game.  The Colonels led by eight twice.  First on a put-back of his own miss by Stutz followed by a reverse lay-up from Walden.  A basket by Knipp with 5:04 left in the opening stanza made it 23-15.
The Hurricanes answered with a 10-2 run to tie the game for the only time.  Ja’Quan Newton’s two free throws knotted it 25-25 with 2:01 to go.  A lay-up by Stutz capped the first half scoring, 27-25, with 1:06 on the clock.
Eastern shot 51 percent from the field for the game, including 54 percent from three-point range (14-for-26).  Miami made just 29 percent of its shots, finishing 12-of-41.  The Colonels out-rebounded the bigger Hurricanes by 11, 37-26, and committed five fewer turnovers.
Sheldon McClellan, who entered the game averaging 16 points on 58 percent shooting for the season, led Miami with 14 points.
The Colonels will continue their two-game road trip to South Florida on Monday at Florida Atlantic in Boca Raton.  The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
NOTES:
Miami came into the game limiting its opponents to 29.2 percent shooting from three-point range.  The Colonels made 54 percent (14-of-26).
The Hurricanes had allowed only two opponents to score more than 68 points this season and entered the game holding is foes to 58.8 points per game.  EKU finished with 72 points.
The Hurricanes began the day shooting 41.6 percent from three-point range, 16th-best in the nation.  The Colonels held them to 29.6 percent shooting from deep (8-for-27).
Eastern Kentucky entered the game second in the nation with an average of 12.3 steals per game and second in turnover margin (+11.2).  EKU had only five steals and five fewer turnovers.<
Isaac McGlone set a new career-high with 12 pints and also had a career-best four three-pointers.
Timmy Knipp made a career-high five three-pointers.
With nine rebounds, Eric Stutz tied Roland Wierwille for 23rd on EKU’s all-time rebounds list with 520.
Eric Stutz is 44 points away from becoming the 13th player in Eastern Kentucky to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.
Corey Walden now needs 56 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.
The all-time series is now tied 2-2.

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Murray Powers EKU to Win Over Alabama A&M

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

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NORMAL, Ala. – Junior Shameekia Murray scored a career-high 21 points as the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team held on to defeat host Alabama A&M, 62-56, on Wednesday night at T.M. Elmore Gymnasium.

It was EKU’s (5-4) first true road win of the season.

The Colonels led by as many as 24 points in the first half, but the Lady Bulldogs created havoc with a second-half full-court press and pulled to within a possession – 57-54 – on a layup by Nashaye Sutton with 1:21 remaining in the game.

After junior Jasmine Henshaw responded with a bucket in the paint on EKU’s ensuing possession, AAMU (0-9) again pulled to within three – 59-56 – on a pair of free throws by Janie Myles with just under 30 seconds to play.

Murray got loose for a layup on the Colonels’ next trip down the court, though, and EKU’s defense held on the opposite end, forcing a missed shot. Sophomore Michaela Hunter got the rebound, was fouled and sank two free throws to seal the victory.

Murray came off the bench to post her career night. She went 10-of-15 from the field and also pulled down a career-high six rebounds. Hunter added 13 points and six rebounds.

Sophomore Katie Pippen made her first-career start in the game and scored a career-high eight points on perfect 4-of-4 shooting from the field. Fellow sophomore Nicole Bowers made her first start of the season contributed six points and a team-high eight boards.

EKU shot a season-high 56 percent (28-of-50) from the field in the win.

Myles paced AAMU with 20 points.

The Colonels – who lead the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage defense (36.8) – limited the Lady Bulldogs to 27 percent (17-of-63) shooting from the floor.

EKU shot 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the field in a dominant first-half performance. The Colonels took their largest lead of the game, 39-15, on a layup by Murray with 3:02 remaining in the half.

However, AAMU used defensive pressure to slowly claw back into the game in the second half. The Lady Bulldogs forced the Colonels into 24 turnovers in the second half. EKU finished the game with a season-high 34 turnovers.

EKU will play its final non-conference game of the season at home versus Richmond on Sunday, Dec. 21. Tip is scheduled for 2:00 p.m.

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Eastern Kentucky University Announces 2015 Football Schedule

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University football team faces a challenging schedule in 2015, including two games against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) programs. EKU will play five of its 11 games at Roy Kidd Stadium, highlighted by Homecoming on Oct. 24 versus Tennessee State.

For the third consecutive year, Eastern Kentucky opens the season with a Thursday night contest as the Colonels host Valparaiso on Sept. 3. This will be the first meeting between the two programs since 1947. Valparaiso is a member of the Pioneer Football Conference.

The following weekend, EKU takes on ACC foe NC State in Raleigh, North Carolina. The Colonels and Wolfpack also met in 2005, which ended in an NC State victory.

Eastern kicks off its conference schedule on Sept. 26 with a home game versus Austin Peay. The Colonels have won 14 straight meetings against the Governors at Roy Kidd Stadium.

The beginning of October has the Colonels making the short trip north along Interstate-75 to take on Kentucky. EKU has faced the Wildcats on three other occasions, with the latest coming in 2009.

The 2015 Homecoming game features Tennessee State on Oct. 24. Eastern Kentucky has won eight straight Homecoming tilts as well as three of the last four match-ups against the Tigers.

EKU winds down the regular season with three of its final four games on the road. Two of those games come against the previous two Ohio Valley Conference champions – at Jacksonville State on Oct. 31 and at Eastern Illinois on Nov. 21.

The NCAA FCS playoffs begin on Nov. 28 with 16 of the 24 qualifying teams playing in the opening round.

This past fall, Eastern Kentucky (9-4, 6-2) reached the FCS playoffs for the third time in seven seasons under head coach Dean Hood and finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference standings.

2015 Eastern Kentucky University Football Schedule
Sept. 3 – Valparaiso – Roy Kidd Stadium
Sept. 12 – at NC State – Raleigh, N.C.
Sept. 19 – OPEN
Sept. 26 – Austin Peay* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Family Weekend)
Oct. 3 – at Kentucky – Lexington, Ky.
Oct. 10 – Tennessee Tech* – Roy Kidd Stadium
Oct. 17 – at Southeast Missouri* – Cape Girardeau, Mo.
Oct. 24 – Tennessee State* – Roy Kidd Stadium (Homecoming)
Oct. 31 – at Jacksonville State* – Jacksonville, Ala.
Nov. 7 – UT Martin* – Roy Kidd Stadium
Nov. 14 – at Murray State* – Murray, Ky.
Nov. 21 – at Eastern Illinois* – Charleston, Ill.
Boldface denotes home game ~ Asterisk (*) denotes OVC game

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Colonels Take Talents To South Beach, To Face No. 18 Miami

Posted on 18 December 2014 by admin

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MIAMI, Fla. – A tough challenge awaits when the Colonels play at No. 18 Miami on Friday night. The game will air live on ESPN3, the worldwide leader’s web-based platform.

The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com.

Miami is 9-1 this season and ranked No. 18 in the AP Poll and No. 19 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. EKU sits at 5-4 after suffering a home court loss to East Tennessee on Tuesday.

Even though they trailed by 18 points with 7:37 left, the Colonels never backed down and nearly fought their way back to a win over ETSU. However, the Buccaneers held on for a 63-60 victory.

Eastern had three chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute of action. Senior Eric Stutz led the Colonels with 13 points and eight rebounds. Corey Walden added 13 points and four steals. EKU had 17 assists on 22 made field goals.

Eastern Kentucky has committed 101 fewer turnovers and out-scored its opponents by 118 points off turnovers (224-106) this season. Against these seven teams – Kentucky, Kansas, Wisconsin, VCU, North Carolina State, West Virginia and Illinois – combined the last three seasons, Eastern has committed 24 fewer turnovers (77-101) and has out-scored these teams 100-85 off turnovers (+15).

The Colonels are still second in the nation in turnover margin (+11.2) and second in steals per game (12.3 spg).

The Hurricanes began the season with eight straight wins before falling at home to Green Bay. UM has victories at Florida and at home over Illinois.

Sheldon McClellan, a 6-foot-5 junior guard, leads the team in scoring at 16.2 points per game and has shot 58 percent from the field. The transfer from Texas is second on the team in rebounding (6.4 rpg) and assists (2.7 apg). Angel Rodriguez, a 5-foot-11 guard, is second on the team in scoring (14.2 ppg) and leads the squad in assists (4.5 apg). The transfer from Kansas State has gotten to the free throw line a team-best 46 times and is tied for the team lead with 24 three-pointers.

Sophomore Manu Lecomte, a 5-foot-11 guard, averages 12.1 points per game and is 24-for-47 from three-point range for 51 percent. Tonye Jekiri, a 7-foot, 244-pound junior center pulls down 9.7 rebounds per game for Miami while scoring 7.4 points per game.

As a team, the Hurricanes average 73.4 points and allow 58.8 per game. Miami is shooting 47 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. UM is holding its opponents to 39 percent shooting overall and 29 percent from long distance.

EKU and Miami have both played Savannah State this season. The Colonels beat SSU 76-53 in Richmond. The Hurricanes picked up a 70-39 victory over Savannah State at home on Monday. Rodriguez had 17 points. McClellan finished with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals. Jekiri had eight points and nine rebounds.

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Shooting Woes Plague Colonels in Loss at East Tennessee State

Posted on 13 December 2014 by admin

Sophomore Katie Pippen provided a spark with five points off the bench in the second half

Sophomore Katie Pippen provided a spark with five points off the bench in the second half

JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team was defeated by host East Tennessee State, 64-49, on Saturday night in Brooks Gymansium.

EKU (4-4) turned the ball over a season-low 11 times, but shot a season-low 25.7 percent (18-of-70) from the floor. ETSU (6-4), meanwhile, shot it at a 46.7 percent (21-of-45) clip, the highest field goal percentage allowed by the Colonels all season.

Sophomore Michaela Hunter paced Eastern with 15 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Junior Shelly Harper pulled down a team-best eight boards.

Shamauria Bridges led the Buccaneers with 16 points, while Destiny Mitchell contributed a double-double (15 points, 10 rebounds).

ETSU led the entire game, as EKU’s shooting woes lasted all 40 minutes. The Colonels shot 18 percent (7-of-38) from the floor in the first half and fell behind by as many as 16 points. They battled back to score six of the half’s last seven points, and a layup by sophomore Nicole Bowers with 30 seconds on the clock helped Eastern pull to within 11, 30-19, at halftime.

East Tennessee regained the momentum, though, with a 6-0 run to open the second half, and the Bucs led by double digits for a majority of the second half.

The Colonels will look to regroup when they head to Normal, Alabama on Wednesday to face Alabama A&M at 7:00 p.m.

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Early 2nd Half Run Fuels EKU Road Victory At IUPUI

Posted on 13 December 2014 by admin

 

Senior Eric Stutz scored 17 points and became the 27th member of EKU's 500 rebound club.

Senior Eric Stutz scored 17 points and became the 27th member of EKU’s 500 rebound club.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A 27-7 run to start the second half broke open a close game as Eastern Kentucky beat IUPUI, 73-64, on Saturday at Indiana Farmers Coliseum.

The Colonels (5-3) hit their first five shots of the second half and seven of their first eight. By the time the Jaguars (2-7) made their fourth basket of second half with nine minutes left in the game, EKU had 20-point lead.

Eastern led by two at the break. Ja’Mill Powell scored the first five points of the second half. Timmy Knipp’s three-pointer from the left wing made it eight straight points to start the half. Jaylen Babb-Harrison’s three from the right wing was EKU’s fifth field goal on five second half attempts and pushed the lead to double figures, 47-37.

Four points by Eric Stutz, a triple from the left corner by Jonathan Hood and a put-back basket by Denzel Richardson polished off the Eastern Kentucky run to start the second half and gave the visitors a 61-39 lead.

Archie Mason’s three-pointer with 9:01 remaining was just IUPUI’s fourth field goal of the second half. The long ball started a stretch of 12 unanswered as the Jaguars mounted a late comeback attempt. What would become a 17-3 run, got the home squad as close as eight, 64-56, with 2:26 left to play.

Corey Walden scored a game-high 20 points for the Colonels he also had seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Eric Stutz added 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and five rebounds. He became the 27th player in program history to grab 500 career rebounds.

EKU shot 59 percent in the second half and 55 percent for the game. The Colonels entered the game first in the nation in turnover margin, but committed two more turnovers (21-19) than IUPUI. However, Eastern out-scored the Jaguars 26-16 off turnovers.

Eastern Kentucky out-rebounded IUPUI 28-23.

Eastern will face East Tennessee State University at home on Tuesday. Tip-off at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.

NOTES
Eric Stutz needed two rebounds to become the 27th player in school history to grab 500 rebounds in his career. He got his 500th on an offensive rebound with 4:24 left in the game. The senior finished with five rebounds.

Eric Stutz is 70 points away from becoming the 13th player in Eastern Kentucky to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds.

EKU entered the game first in the nation in turnover margin (+13.9) while IUPUI entered the contest averaging 17.8 turnovers per game. The Jaguars finished with 19 turnovers, but EKU gave it away 21 times for a -2 margin.

Eastern began the day second in the nation in steals per game (12.3 spg). The Colonels had 14 steals on Saturday.

Six different players had led EKU in scoring in its previous six games.

Corey Walden now needs 62 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.

The win was EKU’s second on the road this season. Colonels are now 2-2 on the road.

EKU now leads the all-time series 2-1.

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