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Colonels Fall on the Road to Hot-Shooting WKU

Colonels Fall on the Road to Hot-Shooting WKU

Posted on 30 November 2017 by admin

Battle of the Bluegrass

Hilltoppers use 13-0 run in the first half to take Battle of the Bluegrass 83-51

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – Freshman Dedric Boyd poured in a game-high 16 points, but the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell to in-state rival Western Kentucky, 83-51, on Wednesday night at E.A. Diddle Arena.

WKU (5-2) used a 13-0 run in the middle of the first half to take a double-digit lead, and the Hilltoppers never looked back. EKU (3-4) went scoreless for over nine minutes during that stretch and never recovered.

Junior Nick Mayo – EKU’s leading scorer at 19.8 points-per-game – was limited to only seven points, snapping his streak of 40 consecutive games in double figures. Mayo did contribute team highs in rebounds (five), assists (four) and steals (three).

A put-back by junior Jackson Davis made it 7-6 in favor of WKU with 15:53 remaining in the first half; however, the Hilltoppers then reeled off 13 unanswered points and grabbed a 14-point lead, 20-6, when Dwight Coleby converted a layup with 7:29 showing on the clock.

EKU outscored WKU, 6-2, over the final three minutes of the first half, and a layup by freshman Peyton Broughton made it 31-17 heading into the locker room at halftime.

WKU, however, reclaimed the momentum in the second half with red-hot shooting, and the Hilltoppers ran away with the big win.

Western shot 57 percent (34-of-60) from the field and 56 percent (10-of-18) from deep on the night.

Lamonte Bearden scored 16 points to lead seven Hilltoppers in double figures.

EKU returns to action on Saturday when the Colonels host Jacksonville at McBrayer Arena at 6 p.m. ET.

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Wright Scores Career-High 20, But Turnovers Doom Colonels In Home Loss To Ohio

Wright Scores Career-High 20, But Turnovers Doom Colonels In Home Loss To Ohio

Posted on 29 November 2017 by admin

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Colonels commit 27 turnovers in loss to the Bobcats at home Tuesday night

RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team cut a 13-point deficit to six late in the fourth quarter, but their comeback fell short, as the Colonels fell to the Ohio Bobcats, 69-57, Tuesday night at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels (2-4, 0-0 OVC) found themselves on the wrong end of a Bobcat 7-0 run with 5:00 left in the fourth quarter when a jumper by Abby Wright stopped the spurt. On the next possession, the Colonel defense forced the Ohio miss, when reining Co-OVC Newcomer of the Week A’Queen Hayes grabbed the board and took it coast-to-coast for the layup.

Another Colonel stop led to a Wright triple to pull EKU within six, capping a 7-0 run. It would be as close as Eastern would come.

Ohio (4-1, 0-0 MAC) closed the game on a 9-2 run, led by a Dominique Doseck layup to seal the win.

Eastern was led in scoring by Wright, who scored a career-high 20 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Freshman Bria Bass recorded her second straight game in double-figures, adding 16 points and tied with a team-high seven rebounds. Hayes rounded out Colonels who scored in double-figures, adding 10 points, seven boards, and a game-high five assists.

EKU finished the game shooting 44 percent from the field and outrebounded the Bobcats, 42-31. Eastern also dished out 17 assists, compared to just 11 for Ohio.

The Colonels led after one half of play, only trailing for a combined 2:20 in the first half. However, the Bobcats forced Eastern into 27 turnovers, turning them into 28 points.

Both teams traded baskets to start the contest when a Bass three started a 7-2 run, topped by a Wright three spanning 1:51 to give Eastern its biggest lead of the game, 14-8.

The Bobcats were paced by Doseck, who had 15 points. Cierra Hooks also had 14 points and a game-high eight rebounds for the Bobcats.

EKU will be back in action next Tuesday at home when they take on Kent State. Tip-off is slated for 7 p.m.

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A'Queen Hayes Named Co-OVC Newcomer Of The Week

A’Queen Hayes Named Co-OVC Newcomer Of The Week

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

Eastern Kentucky University junior guard A'Queen Hayes

Eastern Kentucky University junior guard A’Queen Hayes was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Newcomer of the Week, the league announced today. This marks the second-straight week Hayes has claimed the award.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University junior guard A’Queen Hayes was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Women’s Basketball Co-Newcomer of the Week, the league announced today. This marks the second-straight week Hayes has claimed the award.

In two road games last week, Hayes averaged 13 points a contest while grabbing 6.5 rebounds per game. She also came away with two steals a night.

Hayes scored a game-high 16 points and grabbed nine rebounds in the Colonels 62-45 loss to Akron on Nov. 22. She also managed to come away with a career-best three steals.

In Eastern’s 64-53 loss to Cincinnati on Nov. 25, the redshirt junior scored 10 points, pulled down four boards, and dished out three assists.

The Colonels will be action tonight, when they take on Ohio University in McBrayer Arena. Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

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EKU Runs Away From Asbury in the Second Half, 99-71

EKU Runs Away From Asbury in the Second Half, 99-71

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

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The Colonel basketball team returns to action against Western Kentucky on Wednesday in Bowling Green

RICHMOND, Ky. – Freshmen Peyton Broughton and Dedric Boyd led the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team to a 99-71 victory over Asbury on Saturday evening at McBrayer Arena.

Broughton – a graduate of North Laurel High School in London, Kentucky – led four Colonels in double figures with a career high 21 points, 16 of which came in the second half. He also added five rebounds and a block.

Boyd, meanwhile, finished with his first career double-double, pouring in 17 points and dishing out 12 assists. His six rebounds left him four boards shy of a triple-double. Boyd’s 12 assists are the most by an EKU player in a single game since November of 2015.

Asbury (4-3) stayed close throughout the first half and pulled to within one, 34-33, when Trenton Thompson knocked down a pair of foul shots with 1:45 on the clock.

EKU (3-3), however, closed the half on a 5-0 run, as a free throw by Boyd sent the Colonels into the break up 39-33.

The Colonels then opened the second half on an 11-3 run as a three-pointer from the corner by junior Nick Mayo made it 50-36 with 17:04 remaining in the game. EKU led by double digits the rest of the way.

Mayo finished with 19 points on the night, to go along with seven rebounds, two assists and a team-best three blocks.

Junior Jackson Davis (eight points, nine rebounds) and sophomore DeAndre Dishman (15 points, nine rebounds) both just missed double-doubles in the rout.

EKU out-rebounded Asbury, 56-36, and outscored the Eagles in the paint, 50-12.

Clif Conley paced Asbury with 18 points, while Will Henderson dished out 11 assists for the Eagles.

Eastern shot only 44.7 percent (34-of-76) from the field and 28 percent (7-of-25) from deep in the game; however, the Colonels delivered another stellar performance from the free throw stripe, going 24-of-27 (89 percent).

EKU returns to action on Wednesday when the Colonels travel to Bowling Green to face in-state rival Western Kentucky. Tip from Diddle Arena is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

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Colonels Take Second Quarter Lead, But Can't Overcome Cincinnati Run

Colonels Take Second Quarter Lead, But Can’t Overcome Cincinnati Run

Posted on 28 November 2017 by admin

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Colonel women’s basketball face Ohio University on Tuesday

CINCINNATI, Ohio – A three-pointer from the right wing by Bria Bass gave Eastern Kentucky the lead over Cincinnati, but the Bearcats answered with a 16-0 run and the Colonels lost 64-53 on Saturday at Saint Ursula Academy in Cincinnati.

Six straight points by Bass, an old-fashioned three-point play at the end of the first quarter and her three-pointer to start the second, capped a 7-0 EKU run that turned a 13-9 deficit into a 16-13 lead with 9:28 left in the first half of play.

UC (4-2) then scored 16 unanswered points and went on to out-score Eastern 21-5 in the second quarter. A jumper by Iimar’i Thomas tied the score at 16-16. Her three-pointer with 5:38 to go in the quarter stretched the margin to five, 21-16.

Nikira Goings capped the run with a three-pointer that put the home team in front 29-16. Shanice Johnson’s three at the buzzer set the halftime score, 34-18. The Bearcats hit on 8-of-14 from the field (57 percent) and 4-of-6 from behind the arc in the second quarter.

EKU out-rebounded Cincinnati by seven in the first half and turned 11 offensive boards into 11 second chance points, but shot just 25 percent (7-of-28) from the field.

The Colonels (2-3) turned it around a bit in the third quarter, shooting 60 percent (9-of-15) from the floor and out-scoring UC 21-15. A 16-5 run allowed the visitors to close the 17-point deficit to six. Seven straight points – a three-pointer in transition by Abby Wright, a jumper in the lane by Shay Solomon, and a steal and a lay-up by A’Queen Hayes capped the run and made it a 45-39 game. The Bearcats scored the final four points of the quarter to stretch their lead back to 10, 49-39.

Eastern Kentucky scored the first four points of the fourth quarter to get back within six, but never got any closer.

Bass made five three-pointers and finished with a career-best 22 points for EKU. Solomon earned her second double-double of the season, tying her career-high with 14 points and setting a new career-high with 12 rebounds.

Johnson had a team-best 15 points for the Bearcats.

EKU shot 40 percent for the game from the field and 32 percent from long range. Cincinnati made 47 percent of its shots, including 43 percent from behind the arc. Eastern out-rebounded UC, 35-28, but only had one offensive rebound in the second half.

The Colonels will be back in action at home on Tuesday when Ohio University visits McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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