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Men's basketball home game against Belmont to be on ESPN in February

Men’s basketball home game against Belmont to be on ESPN in February

Posted on 30 September 2015 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – The Ohio Valley Conference announced its slate of Conference games across ESPN platforms for the 2015-16 season on Wednesday.

The schedule includes seven total men’s basketball games (four regular season contests and three OVC Tournament games) that will appear on one of the networks during the season. Each of the regular season games and the OVC Tournament semifinals will air live on ESPNU.

The OVC Tournament championship game will air on ESPN2 at 5:00 p.m. CT on Saturday, March 5. The tournament will be held at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee.

The schedule also includes a President’s Day women’s basketball matchup as Belmont will play at UT Martin at 2 p.m. CT on ESPNU. In addition all seven games of the OVC Women’s Basketball Tournament will once again air on ESPN3 this year.

The package is part of a multi-year agreement with ESPN that was announced in October 2013.

The first live game event telecast on ESPNU, launched on March 4, 2005, was a Southeast Missouri State/Eastern Kentucky OVC Tournament semifinal which followed a live College GameDay telecast from Oklahoma State. The 24-hour college sports television network airs more than 600 live events annually. ESPNU is available nationwide in approximately 73 million households and has long-term carriage agreements with all 10 of the top multichannel TV providers – Cablevision, Charter, Comcast, Cox, DirecTV (Channel 208), DISH Network (Channel 141), Mediacom, Time Warner Cable, Verizon FiOS TV and AT&T U-verse.

A complete television schedule with additional national exposure will be released soon.

2015-16 OVC ESPN Television Schedule

Thursday, January 14
Murray State at Belmont, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, January 21
Belmont at UT Martin, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 4
Murray State at Southeast Missouri, 8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Monday, February 15 – WOMEN’S BASKETBALL
Belmont at UT Martin, 2:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Thursday, February 18
Belmont at Eastern Kentucky, 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Friday, March 4
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #1, 6:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)
OVC Men’s Tournament Semifinal #2, 8:30 p.m. CT (ESPNU)

Saturday, March 5
OVC Men’s Tournament Championship, 5:00 p.m. CT (ESPN2)

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EKU Football Player Killed In Car Accident

EKU Football Player Killed In Car Accident

Posted on 28 September 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University redshirt freshman defensive lineman Joseph “Joey” A. Kraemer was killed in an automobile accident over the weekend, the university announced Monday (Sept. 28).

Kraemer was pronounced dead Sunday by the Madison County Coroner following a single vehicle accident on Tates Creek Road in Madison County.

“The news that we lost one of our own is devastating to me, our team and our coaches,” Head Coach Dean Hood said. “We pray that God will give strength to Joey’s family during their time of mourning. Joey will truly be missed by all of us he touched, not only because of what he accomplished on the football field, but because of who he was as a person and the impact he made on our lives.”

Kraemer, 19, joined the Eastern Kentucky football program in August and was majoring in sports management. He transferred to EKU from the University of Texas El Paso where he redshirted as a freshman last season. Kraemer was eligible to play immediately at Eastern, but had not appeared in any of the first three games.

“We are all saddened by the loss of Joey Kraemer,” EKU Director of Athletics Steve Lochmueller said. “While his time at EKU was short, I’m sure the impact he made on his fellow students, teammates, coaches and professors will live on. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

The Kettering, Ohio native played high school football at Archbishop Alter High School. He was named to the 2013 Associated Press Southwest All-District IV second team and All-Area Division IV-V second team. He had four solo tackles, two tackles for loss and three sacks during a postseason 35-21 win over Wyoming in the 2013 Ohio playoffs.

“Our Colonel family is hurting today,” President Michael Benson said. “Together, we will share our EKU pride in Joey’s memory and honor. Please join me in expressing our sympathies to the Kraemer family in this time of sorrow.”

Counseling services are available for students who may need assistance. Additionally, the Meditation Chapel is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. for students, faculty or staff needing an area for quiet reflection. Funeral arrangements are still pending.

The Colonels (2-1) must return to action on Saturday at Kentucky (3-1).

Official Eastern Kentucky University Statement:
“The EKU community is saddened by the news of the passing of Joey Kraemer. We offer our deepest sympathy to his family, friends and teammates. Counseling services are available for any students, faculty or staff during this difficult time. The Colonel family mourns the loss of a promising student athlete, taken from us far too soon.”

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Nine Inducted Into EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Nine Inducted Into EKU Athletics Hall of Fame

Posted on 27 September 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University Athletics Hall of Fame enshrined its 10th induction class, featuring nine individuals, during a Saturday afternoon ceremony at the EKU Center for the Arts.

The 2015 induction class included: Demarkus Doss (men’s basketball, 1992-96), Jason Dunn (football, 1991-95), Beverly Brockman Games (women’s golf, 1992-97), Larry Kirksey (football, 1969-72), Jim Moberly (football, 1965-68), Robert Moore (baseball, 1985-87), Amy Clements Olsen (women’s cross country/track, 1991-95), Liz Guard Sellers (volleyball, 2002-05) and Matt Witt (men’s basketball, 2002-06).

The group was also recognized at halftime of the Colonels’ football game against Austin Peay.

For more information on the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, please contact Karl Park, Executive Director of the EKU Athletics Hall of Fame, 859-200-6686 or karl.park@eku.edu.

Here are the biographies for the 2015 induction class:

Demarkus Doss (men’s basketball, 1992-96)
Doss was a four-year starter for coach Mike Calhoun’s EKU basketball team from 1992-96. He received all-conference recognition as a sophomore and as a senior when he was second-team All-OVC after finishing the season in the top 10 in the conference in four categories – scoring (9th); three-point percentage (4th); steals (5th); and assists (10th). He finished his stellar career at Eastern as the school’s 11th all-time leading scorer with 1,442 points and the fifth all-time leading steals leader with 172. For his career, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game in 107 Colonel contests. He also closed his stay at Eastern with an impressive 37.8 percentage from three-point range including hitting 52 threes his senior year and finishing fourth in the conference in percentage. As a sophomore, he was honorable mention All-OVC and led EKU with 35 dunks, including an unbelievable seven versus Tennessee Tech when he scored 34 points. As a junior and a senior, he finished both years as the ninth-leading scorer in the OVC, averaging 16.0 points as a junior and 16.4 points as a senior. In addition to scoring 1,442 points, he finished his career with 597 rebounds, 228 assists, 172 steals and 97 dunks. After leaving EKU in 1996, he played in France for St. Thomas Le Harve. Following a stint of playing basketball in France, he played briefly in 1999 with the CBA Grand Rapids Hoops. Later that season, he finished the year with the Dakota Wizards, an IBA team, which had the league’s best record and finished as Western Conference champions as he was voted Most Valuable Player. In 2000-2005, he worked at a DeDe Wallace alternative school for challenged kids. Later in 2005, he worked at the Nashville Metro Parks and Recreation community center for adults and kids. He became Director of the Looby Community Center in Nashville in 2012.

Jason Dunn (football, 1991-95)
Dunn played four seasons for coach Roy Kidd’s Colonel football team in the early 90’s before playing 12 seasons in the National Football League with the Philadelphia Eagles and the Kansas City Chiefs. After beginning his Eastern career in 1991 at defensive end where he totaled 14 tackles and 14 assists, he was injured in the 1992 season and received a medical redshirt. Coming back as a sophomore in 1993, he moved to tight end and had 11 receptions for 155 yards. He also totaled 109 yards rushing from his tight end position, scoring one touchdown on a reverse and was named second-team All-OVC in helping lead Eastern to a berth in the I-AA playoffs. His junior season he caught 14 passes for 278 yards with one touchdown and added 60 yards rushing. He closed his Colonel career in 1995 with 20 receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns and also added 57 yards rushing and one touchdown. He was drafted in the second round of the 1996 National Football League draft by the Philadelphia Eagles and caught 40 passes for 557 yards and four TD’s from 1996-98. Sitting out the 1999 season with an injury, he was traded to the Kansas City Chiefs where he spent the last eight years of his pro career, retiring in 2007. His career totals with the Chiefs included 41 catches for 353 yards and seven TD’s. He was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006 and was a member of EKU’s All-Century Football Team chosen in 2009. He has served as an assistant coach at Kentucky State University for the past two seasons, working as the special teams coordinator and tight ends coach.

Beverly Brockman Games (women’s golf, 1992-97)
Games was a four-year letter winner for coach Sandy Martin’s EKU women’s golf team from 1994-97. She began her career in the fall of 1993 when Eastern instituted women’s golf into its intercollegiate athletics lineup by winning three of the six tournaments in which Eastern competed. She followed that up in the spring of her freshman season by capturing the individual title at the OVC Tournament by four strokes and being named OVC Women’s Golfer of the Year as she led EKU to a second-place finish in the OVC Tourney. As a sophomore, in 19 rounds of golf played, she was ranked 272nd in the nation, as she won three more tourneys improving her scoring average by 5.6 shots per round. In her junior season, she captured her second OVC individual medalist title by winning the conference tournament by eight strokes with a three-round title of 229. She led Eastern to its first OVC women’s golf championship with a three-stroke victory over Tennessee Tech. In being named OVC Women’s Golfer of the Year, she finished the year ranked 320th in the nation and won four individual titles in the 10 tourneys in which EKU competed. Her senior season in 1997 produced her third conference individual championship and OVC Golfer of the Year award as she had the highest national ranking of her career, closing the year ranked 118th through 22 rounds of golf. She won the OVC Tournament by four strokes, posting a final 54-hole total of 232. She closed her collegiate career in grand fashion winning her last four tournaments. She was also named EKU Senior Female Athlete of the Year in 1997 among all sports

Larry Kirksey (football, 1969-72)
Kirksey was a four-year letterman and three-year starter for coach Roy Kidd’s Colonel football team from 1969-72 where he played wide receiver. His best season was his senior year when he caught 32 passes for 502 yards. Following his graduation from Eastern in 1974, he began his coaching career as an assistant coach at Miami University for three seasons. From 1977-81, he coached wide receivers and tight ends at Kentucky, the same post he held the following year with Kansas. In 1983 he was head coach at Kentucky State University before returning to the Southeastern Conference at Florida from 1984-88 as running backs coach. Other collegiate coaching stints for this inductee included Pittsburgh (1989), Alabama (1990-93), Texas A&M (2000) and Middle Tennessee (2006). In 1994, he began his NFL career as wide receivers coach for the San Francisco 49’ers, coaching the NFL’s all-time reception and receiving yards leader, Jerry Rice. Under his tutelage, Rice set an NFL record with 1,848 receiving yards and had a career-high 122 receptions in 1995. San Francisco’s receivers set a Super Bowl record in Super Bowl XXIX with six touchdown catches, including three by Rice. In his stint at Alabama, he helped lead the Crimson Tide to a national championship in 1992. He is a former NFL coach with 17 years experience in the League with stints with the 49’ers, the Lions, the Jaguars, the Broncos and most recently, a seven-year stint with the Houston Texans. In these seven seasons, Andre Johnson averaged an NFL-best 93.6 yards per game, led the league in receiving yards in 2008 and 2009 and led the NFL in receptions in 2008. He was out of coaching in 2005 while serving as deputy executive director of the Kentucky Sports Authority before returning to coaching in 2006 as assistant head coach at Middle Tennessee, helping lead them to the Sun Belt Conference crown.

Jim Moberly (football, 1965-68)
Moberly started all four years (1965-68) for coach Roy Kidd’s football team at linebacker and was part of two Ohio Valley Conference championship teams and the 1967 Grantland Rice Bowl championship team. He began his career starting for Eastern midway through his 1965 freshman season as EKU finished 4-4-1. The Maroons finished fourth in the league in team defense that year, allowing just 278 yards per contest. As a sophomore, the Colonels finished 7-3 overall and ended up 15th in the final UPI poll for small colleges. Eastern grew a reputation as a tough defense that season after leading the league in scoring defense (10.8 ppg.) and overall team defense (203.8 ypg.). His junior season produced one of the all-time great Colonel teams as Eastern finished 8-1-2 overall and undefeated in conference play in winning Kidd’s first league title and the school’s third overall. The ’67 season culminated when Eastern defeated Ball State 27-13 in the Grantland Rice Bowl to capture the NCAA’s 10-state Mideast Region championship. While averaging 25.3 points per game on offense, this inductee and his defensive counterparts did their parts, allowing a conference-best 7.5 ppg. EKU also closed the year second in team defense, giving up just 228.1 yards per game. In his senior year of 1968, Eastern was 8-2 and finished undefeated in conference play for the second straight year in winning its second consecutive OVC title. Again finishing second in team defense in final league stats, he was chosen as a first-team All-OVC selection. He is a former president of the Colonel Club and is also one of the founding fathers of Eastern’s football boosters club, the Worn Cleat Club.

Robert Moore (baseball, 1985-87)
Moore played three seasons for coach Jim Ward’s EKU baseball team before signing a professional contract with the Kansas City Royals. He had an outstanding career at Eastern which led to him holding four single season school records, including most games played (68), at bats (266), consecutive hits (12) and doubles (26). His most impressive season came in 1987 when he was named a second-team All-American and an NCAA All-South Region player. That season he was also named OVC Northern Division Player of the Year after batting .433. A three-time first-team All-OVC selection, he was collegiate baseball’s toughest player to strikeout with only three strikeouts in 165 at bats in 1987. While at Eastern, the Colonels won 104 games in three seasons, topped by a school-record 42-29 record in 1985 when EKU advanced to NCAA regional play. He played 10 seasons of professional baseball, compiling a .279 career batting average and recording 175 saves. His best seasons in minor league baseball were the 1987 season with Class A Eugene where he batted .374 and the 1994 year with Class AAA Richmond where he finished the year at .366. In September of 1991, he made his major league debut, playing for the Kansas City Royals and hitting .357 with a double and three steals. He is currently in his ninth season as hitting coach with the Class A farm team of the Atlanta Braves, the Rome Braves. His inaugural season of professional coaching was 1997 when he served as the coach with the Braves Single-A affiliate of the Northwest League. He also spent three seasons with the Lynchburg Hillcats where he helped lead that team to the Carolina League title. Before joining the Rome Braves, he spent two seasons as a coach with Braves Single-A affiliate in Greenville.

Amy Clements Olsen (women’s cross country/track, 1991-95)
Olsen was a four-year letter winner for coach Rick Erdmann’s women’s cross country and track teams from 1991-95. She began her Eastern career in grand fashion by winning the OVC cross country championship, finishing the 5,000-meter course in first place in a time of 18:06. She repeated this feat of being named OVC Women’s Cross Country Runner of the Year her sophomore and her senior years in helping Eastern continue its string of OVC women’s cross country titles to 18 in a row from 1982-1999. During her four-year career, she was chosen as OVC Female Cross Country Runner of the Week seven times. Her success continued during her track seasons as she did her part in leading EKU to two OVC outdoor titles and one conference indoor championship. During her four-year EKU career, she was a four-time OVC outdoor champion in the 3,000-meter run and set a school record in the 10,000-meter run. She also won the 1993 indoor title in the 3,000-meter run and captured three league medals in the 5,000-meter run (1993 and 1995 indoor and the 1993 outdoor). Other achievements at Eastern included being named a three-time EKU Sportswoman of the Year in Cross Country; Outstanding Senior in Physical Education; Top senior in the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics; the EKU Milestone Yearbook’s Hall of Fame Winner; and was one of 10 Finalists for the 1995 NCAA Woman of the Year Award. She was also one of only six athletes to be chosen as a 1993-94 OVC Scholar Athlete of the Year, won the OVC Medal of Honor that season and was a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-American. She recently served as the head cross country coach and a member of the adjunct faculty at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina, beginning the initial cross country team there in 2005. She led her 2013 and 2014 squads to back-to-back USA South Championship titles and earned Coach of the Year honors each year. The 2014 Avenging Angels earned the program’s third consecutive national Division III All-Academic recognition from the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Her teams made a steady climb up the ranks in the USA South Athletic Conference with a second-place finish in the 2012 championships. Meredith captured consecutive fourth place finishes during the program’s first three years as a member of the conference. The 2006 team completed a third place finish in the USA South as a non-conference member and won the Division III State Championship in 2005. She came to Meredith from NCAA Division I member Duke University where she served two years as the women’s cross country/track assistant coach. During her time there, they finished as the NCAA cross country national runner-up in 2005. Previously, she served five years as head cross country/ track coach at Charleston Southern University. She also served two years as graduate assistant coach at Northern Arizona University. While she was at NAU, the men’s and women’s teams finished in the top 10 in the NCAA cross country championships. Olsen holds a Master of Arts in exercise science from Northern Arizona University and a Bachelor of Arts in physical education from Eastern Kentucky University. She spends her spare time in the Raleigh area as a volunteer, counselor and committee member in various civic and church organizations and camps.

Liz Guard Sellers (volleyball, 2002-05)
Sellers was a four-year starter from 2002-05 for coach Lori Duncan’s EKU volleyball team. She began her career at Eastern in grand style being named to the OVC All-Freshman Team after she finished second on the team with 85 total blocks. As a sophomore, she was named first team All-OVC after a season in which she led Eastern in six statistical categories and accounted for a team-best 4.29 points per game. Her 447 kills placed her sixth on Eastern’s all-time single season charts. She was again named first-team all-conference her junior season and was selected to the 2004 All-OVC Tournament Team after leading the Colonels to a regular-season OVC co-championship and an OVC Tourney title. She ranked 18th nationally in hitting percentage in 2004, leading the OVC and setting an EKU record with her .387 mark. The Colonels finished 27-5 that season and were eliminated in the NCAA Tournament by Tennessee. She also topped the OVC in hitting percentage and finished second on the team in kills with 449. She also was named the team’s Best Offensive Player and received the squad’s Most Inspirational Attitude /Work Ethic award. As a senior, she was a driving force in guiding the Colonels to another OVC regular season co-championship as Eastern finished 23-7. She was named an American Volleyball Coaches Association honorable mention All-American after being named to the All-Midwest Region Team and the OVC’s All-Tournament Team. She was the first player in program history to be named an All-American. She holds two school records – single season hitting percentage of .387 set as a junior and a fabulous career hitting percentage of .311. She is also listed among Eastern’s top 10 performances in seven other offensive categories. Her senior season, she was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, Best Offensive Player and received the squad’s Most Inspirational Leader award. She received both her Bachelor of Arts degree in public relations and her Masters of Science in physical education and sport administration from EKU. She recently concluded a five-year stay at EKU in 2014, where she had served as an assistant coach for the Colonel volleyball team.

Matt Witt (men’s basketball, 2002-06)
Witt was a four-year starter at EKU from 2002-2006 and ended his career as Eastern’s all-time leading scorer with 1,832 points. He came to EKU after becoming the only player in the state of Ohio’s rich high school tradition to score more than 2,000 points and hand out more than 500 assists. He made a bang right out of the gate, being named OVC Freshman of the Year and OVC Rookie of the Week an amazing 11 times while scoring 13.6 points per game. As a sophomore in averaged a team-leading 15.6 points a game, was second in the conference in assists while being named to the All-OVC second team and to the OVC All Tournament squad. During that year, he also hit 39.8 percent from three-point range while canning 70 long range shots. His junior season was a special season as he scored in double figures 23 of 31 games and was a driving force on coach Travis Ford’s NCAA Tournament team that gave highly-ranked Kentucky a scare in a 72-64. He scored a team-high 21 points. He closed out that season second in the OVC in assists and 20th in the nation in assists with his 6.26 assists per game average. His senior season, he finished the year as the OVC’s third tops scorer with 18.5 points per game. He made 97 three-pointers, hit 80.4 percent from the free throw line and was named second-team All-OVC. He is the EKU career leader in three-pointers made with 283, is second in Colonel history with 630 career assists, which is also fourth most in OVC history. He was chosen to Eastern’s All-Century Team in 2009 and played basketball in Europe for six seasons where he led his team in scoring and assists five of those years. He played his first two years for teams in Germany and The Netherlands where he averaged 17.6 and 16.4 points per game. His next four seasons, he played for teams in Spain where he turned in a fantastic 2010-11 season for Club Balencesto Clavijo in leading them to the regular season title and the league cup championship. That season, his 17.0 points and 6.5 assists per contest led the league as he was chosen Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year.

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EKU Cruises to Victory in OVC Opener, 51-13

EKU Cruises to Victory in OVC Opener, 51-13

Posted on 26 September 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – EKU never trailed on the way to a 51-13 win over Austin Peay in the Colonels’ Ohio Valley Conference opener Saturday night at Roy Kidd Stadium.

Playing without senior All-American running back Dy’Shawn Mobley, EKU rode the backfield combination of Adam Lane and Ethan Thomas to victory. Lane and Thomas softened the blow of Mobley’s absence by combining for 118 yards and three touchdowns. Quarterback Bennie Coney, meanwhile, went 28-of-35 for a season-high 261 yards and a touchdown.

The Colonel defense grounded Austin Peay to 99 yards through the air and forced two turnovers, including a pick-six by Thomas Owens late in the second quarter that broke the game open before halftime.

EKU drew first blood with a 28-yard field goal from Lucas Williams to go up 3-0. Junior Devin Borders then blocked an Austin Peay punt to set up a six-yard touchdown pass from Coney to Joel Brown, making it 10-0 with 6:52 left in the first quarter.

After a pair of Williams field goals, Austin Peay got on the board when quarterback Trey Taylor ran it in from the one-yard line to make it 16-7 midway through the second quarter.

That would be as close as the Govs would get, though, as Eastern used a pick-six from Owens and a nine-yard touchdown run from Thomas to extend its lead to 30-7 at halftime.

EKU slowly put the game out of reach with three third-quarter touchdowns. Lane got in on the scoring with a six-yard touchdown run with 12:42 left in the third quarter. Thomas got his second touchdown of the game with an eight-yard run midway through the third quarter. Kyle Romano came in at quarterback and, on his first drive, threw a six-yard touchdown to Taylor Miller.

Austin Peay scored late in the fourth to make it 51-13 on a Kendall Morris five-yard run.

The Colonels (2-1) return to action on Saturday, October 3, at Kentucky.

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Walden Signed to Celtics' Final Training Camp Roster

Walden Signed to Celtics’ Final Training Camp Roster

Posted on 25 September 2015 by admin

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BOSTON – The Boston Celtics have signed former Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball star Corey Walden to their final training camp roster, the team announced on Friday.

Walden was one of four players to ink deals with the Celtics on Friday, joining guard Levi Randolph and forwards Coty Clark and Malcom Miller.

The 6-2 guard from Daytona Beach, Florida made an impact defensively for the Celtics at the Las Vegas Summer League, averaging 3.5 steals in 16.5 minutes-per-game. He also averaged 2.0 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists-per-game.

Walden averaged 18.6 points-per-game as a senior in 2014-15 and was chosen as a Lou Henson All-American, a Lefty Driesell Defensive All-American, first team All-Ohio Valley Conference, OVC Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-District 19 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC).

Walden closed out his EKU career as one of the best in program history. In just three years as a Colonel, he scored 1,518 points, the eighth most-ever by a Colonel. The two-time OVC Defensive Player of the Year also broke the EKU career and single season records for steals. His 236 career steals broke Jamie Ross’ mark of 221 and is the fifth most-ever in OVC history. Walden finished the 2014-15 season with 99 steals, which also broke the record of 87 held by Ross and is the second-most ever in one season by an OVC player.

The Celtics are set to open training camp this Saturday, September 26

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Colonels fall to NC State 35-0

Colonels fall to NC State 35-0

Posted on 12 September 2015 by admin

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RALEIGH, N.C. – Eastern Kentucky University’s football team played to a 0-0 tie through the first quarter, but North Carolina State scored two touchdowns in the second quarter on its way to a 35-0 victory on Saturday at Carter-Finley Stadium in Raleigh.

EKU (1-1) came into the game ranked 19th in the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS). The Wolfpack (2-0) were receiving votes in both Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) polls.

N.C. State got on the board early in the second quarter when Benson Browne caught a five-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett to cap an eight-play, 60-yard drive that took just 2:53 to complete. Jaylen Samuels put the home squad up two touchdowns when he carried it around the left side for a 12-yard touchdown run with 5:12 left in the second quarter. That play polished off a 10-play, 75-yard drive that chewed up 4:36.

The Colonels had a chance to cut the deficit in half late in the second quarter. Eastern’s first sustained drive began with a 22-yard completion from Bennie Coney to Jeff Glover. Dy’Shawn Mobley followed with an 11-yard run up the middle. A 15-yard face mask penalty pushed the ball down to the 27 yard line. Facing a third-and-11, Coney hooked up with Glover again, this time for 20 yards to get inside the 10.

A pass interference call gave EKU first-and-goal at the two, but the Colonels failed to cross the goal line. A fourth down pass from Coney, intended for Joel Brown, sailed out of the end zone.

The Wolfpack out-gained the visitors 227 to 92 in the first half, including 100-21 on the ground.

Two big plays on North Carolina State’s first possession of the second half led to a touchdown that essentially put the game away. On second-and-five, Brissett completed a 31-yard pass to Samuels. Two plays later Matt Dayes took it in for six from 25 yards out. The four-play, 70-yard drove took just 1:29 off the clock.

Later in the third, aided by a 38-yard punt return, the Wolfpack put together another short scoring drive to go up 28-0. N.C. State found the end zone on six plays in 2:57.

Coney finished 5-for-19 for 79 yards. Dy’Shawn Mobley carried the ball seven times for 31 yards. Glover caught four passes for 60 yards. Brissett went 17-for-22 for 216 yards and tossed one touchdown. Dayes ran for 116 yards and scored three times.

Eastern is off next weekend. The Colonels will open Ohio Valley Conference play on Sept. 26 at home against Austin Peay.

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