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Rojas picks up OVC honors

Rojas picks up OVC honors

Posted on 31 October 2017 by admin

Chloe Rojas

Chloe Rojas was named the Ohio Valley Conference adidas® Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced on Monday.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Chloe Rojas was named the Ohio Valley Conference adidas® Defensive Player of the Week for the second consecutive week, the league announced on Monday.

The junior libero has made a habit of leading all players in digs and this weekend was no exception to that. Her stellar performance featured 47 digs (5.88-per-set) and four service aces. Rojas racked up 19 digs against Belmont on Friday night and nearly missed her career-high (30) with 28 digs against Tennessee State on Saturday.

The St. Charles, Illinois native continues to hold the first place spot in digs in league-only action with 277 (5.77-per-set) and is maintaining the number four overall spot with 447 on the season.

The Colonels hit the road this weekend to begin their final road swing of the regular-season. They take on Jacksonville State on Friday, November 3 at 8 p.m. and Tennessee Tech on Saturday, November 4 at 6:30 p.m.

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Boyle and Mccleskey pick up OVC honors

Boyle and Mccleskey pick up OVC honors

Posted on 31 October 2017 by admin

Boyle and Mccleskey

Two football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels earned their second straight victory, a 26-13 win at Murray State on Saturday.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Two football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels earned their second straight victory, a 26-13 win at Murray State Saturday.

Senior quarterback Tim Boyle was chosen as the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Co-Newcomer of the Week the league office announced on Sunday. Sophomore running back Daryl McCleskey Jr. was selected as the Madness Ohio Valley Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness for the second straight week.

Boyle completed 60 percent of his passes and threw two touchdown passes. The 6-foot-4, 233-pound Middlefield, Connecticut native finished 15-for-25 for 201 yards. He gave EKU a 6-0 lead with a 22-yard scoring toss on third down in the first quarter.

McCleskey rushed for a career-high 144 yards on 21 carries. The 5-foot-9, 186-pound Dayton, Ohio native averaged 6.9 yards per carry. His 72-yard run in the first quarter was the longest rush by an EKU player since 2015.

He is the first Colonel to rush for 100 yards in back-to-back games since 2014.

Eastern Kentucky plays at Eastern Illinois on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 2 p.m. ET.

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Colonels picked fourth in OVC Pre-season poll

Colonels picked fourth in OVC Pre-season poll

Posted on 24 October 2017 by admin

 

EKU junior forward Nick Mayo and sophomore guard Asante Gist have been named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team.

EVANSVILLE, Ind. – Eastern Kentucky University junior forward Nick Mayo and sophomore guard Asante Gist have been named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, the league announced on Tuesday from its annual Media Day.

EKU was picked to finish fourth out of 12 teams in a preseason poll of league head coaches and media relations directors.

 

Nick Mayo

Mayo was voted first team All-OVC for the second straight year in 2016-17 after finishing the regular season ranked among the OVC’s leaders in scoring (fifth / 18.5 points-per-game), rebounding (12th / 6.5 rebounds-per-game), assists (15th / 2.8 assists-per-game), blocks (third / 1.4 blocks-per-game), field goal percentage (12th / 50.4%), three-point field goal percentage (12th / 39.0%) and free throw percentage (14th / 77.4%).

The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine scored in double figures in every game last season and has now scored in double figures in 34 straight games dating back to his freshman season. Mayo is on pace to be EKU’s all-time leading scorer after he became the first Colonel ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore.

Asante Gist

Gist exploded on the scene in his first season in Richmond. The 5-11 guard from East Orange, New Jersey was voted to the five-man OVC All-Newcomer Team after starting 29 games and ranking 10th in the OVC in scoring (15.9 points-per-game) and ninth in assists (3.8 assists-per-game).

He led all freshmen in the league in both categories. He also broke EKU’s freshman scoring record with 494 points, which was the sixth-most of any freshman in the country during the regular season.

Gist was one of only seven freshmen in the country to average 15.5-plus points and 3.5-plus assists-per-game during the regular season, joining the likes of Washington’s Markelle Fultz, N.C. State’s Dennis Smith, Jr. and Kentucky’s De’Aaron Fox. He was voted OVC Freshman of the Week seven times, the most of any rookie in the league.

During OVC play, Gist ranked eighth in the league in scoring (17.3 points-per-game) and seventh in assists (3.8 assists-per-game).

He is one of only two underclassmen on the 11-person Preseason All-OVC Team, joining Southeast Missouri sophomore Denzel Mahoney. Every other player is either a senior or a junior.

Colonels picked fourth

EKU received 139 points to finish fourth in the preseason Coaches poll. Defending regular season champion Belmont was tabbed the preseason favorite with 18 first-place votes and 235 votes. Defending OVC Tournament champion Jacksonville State finished second with three first-place votes and 213 points, edging out Murray State, who finished third with three first-place votes and 212 points.

Tennessee Tech finished fifth in the poll with 137 points, followed by Eastern Illinois (135), Tennessee State (125), UT Martin (114), Morehead State (89), Southeast Missouri (82), Austin Peay (63) and SIUE (40).

Murray State senior guard Jonathan Stark was voted the OVC Preseason Player of the Year.

EKU returns five of its top six scorers from 2016-17, including Mayo, Gist, senior forward Zach Charles (7.0 points / 6.5 rebounds-per-game), senior guard Dillon Avare (62 three-pointers) and sophomore forward DeAndre Dishman (team-best 61.5% field goal percentage).

Junior forward Jackson Davis – a 6-8 transfer from Butler – is also expected to play a key role this season.

Talented newcomers Dedric Boyd, Peyton Broughton, Cameron Carmical, Mason Cooper, JacQuess Hobbs and A.J. Youngman will only bolster the Colonels’ depth.

For the first time ever, the OVC’ Media Day was held at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana, the site of the 2018 OVC Tournament.

EKU opens the 2017-18 campaign on Friday, November 10 versus Rice in Houston.

2017-18 OVC Preseason Basketball Men’s Predicted Order of Finish
(Selected by OVC head basketball coaches and sports information directors)

1. Belmont (18 first-place votes) – 235 points
2. Jacksonville State (3) – 213
3. Murray State (3) – 212
4. Eastern Kentucky – 139
5. Tennessee Tech – 137
6. Eastern Illinois – 135
7. Tennessee State – 125
8. UT Martin – 114
9. Morehead State – 89
10. Southeast Missouri – 82
11. Austin Peay – 63
12. SIUE – 40

2017-18 Preseason All-OVC Men’s Basketball Team

Matthew Butler, UT Martin
Malcolm Drumwright, Jacksonville State
Amanze Egekeze, Belmont
Norbertas Giga, Jacksonville State
Asante Gist, Eastern Kentucky
Aleksa Jugovic, Tennessee Tech
Austin Luke, Belmont
Denzel Mahoney, Southeast Missouri
Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky
Terrell Miller, Murray State
Jonathan Stark, Murray State

Preseason Player of the Year: Jonathan Stark, Murray State

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Soccer to Host OVC Tournament Game for First Time Ever this Weekend

Soccer to Host OVC Tournament Game for First Time Ever this Weekend

Posted on 23 October 2017 by admin

soccer team

For the first time ever, the EKU soccer team will host an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament game this weekend.

RICHMOND, Ky. – For the first time ever, the Eastern Kentucky University soccer team will host an Ohio Valley Conference Tournament game this weekend.

No. 3 EKU will play a quarterfinal match against the winner of No. 6 UT Martin / No. 7 SIUE on Sunday, October 29, at EKU Soccer Field. First touch is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.

The first-round UT Martin / SIUE game will also be played at EKU Soccer Field on Friday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m.

For the first time in league history, the OVC Tournament has expanded to eight teams in 2017. The No. 3 and No. 4 seeds host first-round and quarterfinals games this weekend. The semifinals (Friday, November 3) and championship game (Sunday, November 5) will be played at the home field of No. 1 seed Murray State.

This marks EKU’s seventh appearance in the OVC Tournament and its second appearance as the No. 3 seed (2012).

The Colonels advanced to OVC championship game for the first time ever last season as the No. 2 seed.

If EKU wins on Sunday, it will face No. 2 Tennessee Tech in the semifinals on Friday, November 3, at 12:00 p.m. ET in Murray, Kentucky.

The entire OVC Tournament will be streamed live on the OVC Digital Network.

Admission is FREE to both games this weekend.

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Three Colonels Earn Weekly Awards After Homecoming Victory Over UT Martin

Three Colonels Earn Weekly Awards After Homecoming Victory Over UT Martin

Posted on 23 October 2017 by admin

Three football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels 31-21 Homecoming victory over Tennessee-Martin this weekend.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Three football players earned weekly awards after the Colonels 31-21 Homecoming victory over Tennessee-Martin this weekend.

Junior linebacker Corey Glass was chosen as the adidas® Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Week and senior punter Keith Wrzuszczak earned adidas® OVC Co-Specialist of the Week recognition, the league office announced on Sunday. Sophomore running back Daryl McCleskey Jr. was selected as the Madness Ohio Valley Offensive Player of the Week by College Sports Madness.

Corey Glass

Glass helped the EKU defense hold the eighth-leading rusher in the nation – UTM’s Ladarius Galloway (104.8 ypg) – to 41 yards. Glass finished with five tackles, one sack, and one forced fumble. The Jacksonville, Florida native and his teammates held a Skyhawk offense that averages 161 rushing yards per game to 38 yards on the ground.

Keith Wrzuszczak

Wrzuszczak broke EKU’s 51-year-old punting record with an 84-yard punt against UT Martin, the second-longest in the FCS this season. It is also tied for the second-longest in the OVC since 2004. He finished the game with a remarkable average of 49.9 yards on nine punts. He put two punts inside the 20, including one at the UTM two-yard line.

Seven of his nine puts forced the Skyhawks to start at their own 25 or less. The Geelong, Victoria, Australia native had five punts of 45 yards or more. The previous Eastern Kentucky record of 78 yards was set by Bob Plotts in 1966.

Daryl McCleskey Jr.

McCleskey finished with 137 yards rushing and one touchdown against a Skyhawk team that entered the game leading the OVC in rushing defense (79 ypg). His 8-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter stretched the EKU lead to 17 and effectively put the game away. The Dayton, Ohio native averaged 6.2 yards per carry.

Eastern rushed for a season-high 246 yards and four touchdowns in its win over UT Martin. Trailing 7-3 at halftime, the Colonels exploded in the second half, running for 142 yards and all of their touchdowns in the final 30 minutes of play. Three different EKU running backs found pay dirt in the dominant second half.

Eastern Kentucky plays its next two games on the road, beginning at Murray State on Saturday. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m. ET.

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Men's basketball picked fifth by OVC Media; Women picked ninth

Men’s basketball picked fifth by OVC Media; Women picked ninth

Posted on 20 October 2017 by admin

For the fourth year in a row, the Ohio Valley Conference has conducted a Preseason Men’s and Women’s Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 12 voters from around the league cast a ballot on whom they thought would be the 2017-18 basketball favorites and preseason players of the year.

The OVC will release its preseason poll and All-OVC team, as voted on by league head coaches and sports information directors, on Tuesday, October 24 during the league’s annual Media Day in Evansville.

The media panel picked the Belmont men’s and women’s teams as the preseason favorites. Murray State senior guard Jonathan Stark was tabbed the OVC Men’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year while Murray State senior forward Ke’Shunan James was named OVC Women’s Basketball Preseason Player of the Year.

In the men’s voting, defending regular season champion Belmont picked up eight of the 13 first-place votes and 148 total points in being picked the preseason favorite. Murray State picked up one first-place vote and 138 points to be picked second while defending OVC Tournament champion Jacksonville State received two first-place votes and 132 points in being tabbed third. Tennessee State (95 points) and Eastern Kentucky (91) also picked up first-place votes in being selected fourth and fifth. The poll was rounded out by UT Martin (82), Tennessee Tech (80), Eastern Illinois (79), Morehead State (59), Austin Peay (48), Southeast Missouri (36) and SIUE (26).

In women’s voting, it was two-time defending OVC Tournament champion Belmont who picked up 12 of the 13 first-place votes and 155 points in being tabbed an overwhelming favorite. UT Martin picked up the other first-place vote and 125 points in being picked second while Morehead State was third (119) and SIUE fourth (109). The poll was rounded out by Murray State (96), Austin Peay (91), Tennessee Tech (71), Southeast Missouri (66), Eastern Kentucky (57), Jacksonville State (55), Tennessee State (40) and Eastern Illinois (30).

Pollsters for the 2017-18 OVC Media Poll included: Catlin Bogard, OVC Ball; Mike Bradd, Eastern Illinois Radio; Neal Bradley, Murray State Radio; Rob Calhoun, Eastern Illinois Radio; Edward Marlowe, Paducah Sun; Mike Organ, The Tennessean; Justin Rust, Journal Gazette/Times-Courier; Harry Schroeder, ValleyHoopsInsider.com; Greg Stotelmyer, Eastern Kentucky Sports Network.

2017-18 Media OVC Preseason Men’s Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (8 first-place votes) – 148 points
2. Murray State (1) – 138
3. Jacksonville State (2) – 132
4. Tennessee State (1) – 95
5. Eastern Kentucky (1) – 91
6. UT Martin – 82
7. Tennessee Tech – 80
8. Eastern Illinois – 79
9. Morehead State – 59
10. Austin Peay – 48
11. Southeast Missouri – 36
12. SIUE – 26

Preseason Player of the Year: Jonathan Stark, Murray State

2017-18 Media OVC Preseason Women’s Predicted Order of Finish
1. Belmont (12 first-place votes) – 155 points
2. UT Martin (1) – 125
3. Morehead State – 119
4. SIUE – 109
5. Murray State – 96
6. Austin Peay – 91
7. Tennessee Tech – 71
8. Southeast Missouri – 66
9. Eastern Kentucky – 57
10. Jacksonville State – 55
11. Tennessee State – 40
12. Eastern Illinois – 30

Preseason Player of the Year: Ke’Shunan James, Murray State

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Mayo One of 20 Players Named to Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List

Mayo One of 20 Players Named to Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Watch List

Posted on 19 October 2017 by admin

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. – Eastern Kentucky University junior Nick Mayo was one of 20 players named to the 2018 Karl Malone Award Watch List on Thursday, the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced. The award is given annually to the top power forward in Division I men’s college basketball.

Mayo is the only Ohio Valley Conference player and one of only five mid-major players on the list.

He is surrounded by high-profile names such as Marvin Bagley III (Duke), Wendell Carter, Jr. (Duke), PJ Washington (Kentucky) and Bonzie Colson (Notre Dame).

Mayo was voted first team All-OVC for the second straight year in 2016-17 after finishing the regular season ranked among the OVC’s leaders in scoring (fifth / 18.5 points-per-game), rebounding (12th / 6.5 rebounds-per-game), assists (15th / 2.8 assists-per-game), blocks (third / 1.4 blocks-per-game), field goal percentage (12th / 50.4%), three-point field goal percentage (12th / 39.0%) and free throw percentage (14th / 77.4%).

The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine is on pace to be EKU’s all-time leading scorer after he became the first Colonel ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore.

The Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook tabbed Mayo the Preseason OVC Player of the Year in late September.

A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the 20 candidates for the Karl Malone Award Watch List.

The award’s namesake, Karl Malone, attended Louisiana Tech University due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Malone achieved great success during his 19 seasons in the NBA as a 14-time NBA All-Star (1988-98, 2000-02), 11-time All-NBA First Team player (1989-99) and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also won two Olympic gold medals (1992, 1996).

“With this award, we have been able to recognize some extraordinarily talented student-athletes in college basketball over the past three seasons,” said Karl Malone, a 2010 inductee of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “It is an honor to be associated with such an award and I hope the young men named to this watch list feel a sense of pride in being recognized for their efforts.”

By mid-February, the Watch List will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2018 Karl Malone Award will be presented at the ESPN College Basketball Awards Show presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, California on Friday, April 6.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015). For more information on the 2018 Karl Malone Award, log onto www.HoophallAwards.com.

2018 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates
Nana Foulland Bucknell
Gary Clark Jr. Cincinnati
Marvin Bagley III Duke
Wendell Carter Jr. Duke
Nick Mayo Eastern Kentucky
Yante Maten Georgia
Rokas Gustys Hofstra
PJ Washington Kentucky
Moritz Wagner Michigan
Jordan Murphy Minnesota
Alize Johnson Missouri St.
Bonzie Colson Notre Dame
Mike Daum South Dakota St.
Reid Travis Stanford
Obi Enechionyia Temple
Dylan Osetkowski Texas
Robert Williams Texas A&M
Zach Smith Texas Tech
William Lee UAB
Bennie Boatwright USC

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2017-18 season*

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