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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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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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Men's Basketball Fall to Eastern Washington in Las Vegas

Men’s Basketball Fall to Eastern Washington in Las Vegas

Posted on 22 November 2017 by admin

Men's Basketball

Men’s basketball return home on Saturday against Asbury

LAS VEGAS – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell to Eastern Washington, 83-62, in the MGM Resorts Main Event’s Middleweight Bracket consolation game on Wednesday at T-Mobile Arena.

EKU (2-3) outscored Eastern Washington (3-3), 46-44, in the second half; however, it was not enough to recover from a tough shooting performance in the first half.

The Colonels ran out to an early 11-9 lead when junior Nick Mayo converted a pair of free throws with 15:12 remaining in the first half.

However, Mayo and EKU’s other top scorer, Dedric Boyd, then went to the bench with foul trouble and EWU took advantage, rolling off a 21-0 run and grabbing a 19 point-lead, 30-11, with 2:20 on the clock. A layup at the buzzer by Sir Washington sent the Eagles into the locker room at the half up by 23, 39-16.

EKU shot just 24 percent (6-of-25) from the field in the first half.

Mayo got back out on the court in the second half and finished with a game-high 17 points to go along with six rebounds and a block. Boyd also got in the rhythm in the second half, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds and one assist. Sophomore DeAndre Dishman contributed 11 points and six boards for the Colonels.

Junior Jackson Davis led all players in the game with nine rebounds.

EKU shot 43.3 percent (13-of-30) from the floor in the second stanza but still finished with a season-low 34.5 percent (19-of-55) mark for the game.

The Colonels out-rebounded the Eagles, 42-36, but for the second straight game struggled with turnovers. Missing its top three point guards from the preseason due to injury, EKU turned the ball over 18 times on Wednesday.

Benas Griciunas led a balanced EWU scoring effort with 16 points.

EKU returns to action on Saturday when the Colonels host Asbury at 5:00 p.m.

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EKU Falls to Prairie View A&M, 80-70, in MGM Resorts Main Event

EKU Falls to Prairie View A&M, 80-70, in MGM Resorts Main Event

Posted on 21 November 2017 by admin

MGM Resorts Main Event

Colonels play Eastern Washington in the MGM Resorts Main Event consolation game

LAS VEGAS – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell to Prairie View A&M, 80-70, on Monday afternoon in the MGM Resorts Main Event at T-Mobile Arena.

Junior Nick Mayo matched his season-high with 25 points, to go along with six rebounds and three assists. Sophomore DeAndre Dishman added 13 points and five boards for the Colonels.

EKU (2-2) outshot Prairie View A&M (1-3) on the day, going 18-of-36 (50 percent) from the floor; however, with their top two points guards sidelined with injuries, the Colonels committed a season-high 19 turnovers in the game.

The Panthers led by as many as 12, 21-9, in the first half. A pair of free throws by freshman Peyton Broughton capped a 7-0 EKU run and made it 21-16 with 8:44 to play in the half.

PVAMU stretched the lead back to 11 before a three-pointer by Mayo made it 37-29 with 1:22 on the clock.

A layup by Gary Blackston with less than 30 seconds to play gave the Panthers a 10-point lead at the break, 39-29.

The Colonels cut the deficit to five, 45-40, on a layup by Mayo with 15:53 to play. EKU was still within striking distance when a pair of free throws by freshman Dedric Boyd made it 70-64 with 4:24 showing.

However, Prairie View A&M responded with six straight points to make it an 11-point game with 2:32 left. EKU never got closer than nine points the rest of the way.

Boyd finished with nine points, while Broughton came off the bench to tally eight points. Freshman Cameron Carmical saw his first significant action of the season and responded with a team-best four assists in 17 minutes off the bench.

Zachary Hamilton paced PVAMU with 23 points.

EKU will play Eastern Washington in the MGM Resorts Main Event consolation game on Wednesday at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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Colonels Start Slow, But Roll Past Kentucky State at Home, 97-66

Colonels Start Slow, But Roll Past Kentucky State at Home, 97-66

Posted on 16 November 2017 by admin

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Colonels move to 2-1 on the year with the win

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team got off to a slow start, falling behind by 14 in the first half, but found its stroke and rolled to a 97-66 victory over visiting Kentucky State University on Thursday in the Colonels’ home opener at McBrayer Arena.

The Thorobreds (0-3) raced out to the early lead as EKU hit just 6-of-24 (25 percent) from the field to start the game. A jumper by Reggie Breeden with 6:32 left in the opening half gave Kentucky State its largest lead at 14, 27-13.

After starting cold, the Colonels (2-1) heated up behind the play of freshman guard Dedric Boyd. Eastern ended the half by making 9-of-13 from the field (69 percent). Boyd fueled a 23-7 run that turned that 14-point deficit into a one-point lead. He got the rally started with a three-pointer and a dunk, and scored 10 of the 23 points during the run.

Freshman A.J. Youngman’s three-pointer from the right wing with 14 seconds to go in the first half capped the turnaround and put Eastern in front 35-34. KSU scored the final basket of the half to take a one-point lead into the locker room at the break.

EKU scored 17 of the first 20 points to start the second half and never looked back. Sophomore DeAndre Dishman scored six of the 17 on his way to a career-best 18 points.

Nick Mayo’s two free throws with 14:14 left in the game pushed the Colonel lead to double figures for the first time, 50-39. The Thorobreds went 5:34 without scoring.

Eastern went in front by 20-plus when Jackson Davis knocked down two a pair of free throws with 9:14 showing on the clock. Youngman’s 3-pointer with 3:03 to go made it a 30-point game, 88-58.

After starting the game 6-for-24, the Colonels went 27-for-43 (63 percent) the rest of the game. EKU out-rebounded Kentucky State 45-38 and out-scored the visitors 22-5 off turnovers.

In addition to Dishman, Boyd finished with 18 points to go along with eight rebounds and five assists. Mayo contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, five assists, four blocks and one steal. Youngman went 4-for-6 from behind the arc and finished with 14 points, a career-high for the freshman. Fellow freshman Peyton Broughton finished with a career-best 13 points.

Ray Croon led all players with 21 points on 8-of-14 shooting for Kentucky State.

The Colonels will play Prairie View A&M on Monday in Las Vegas as part of the MGM Grand Main Event.

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Mayo's Double-Double Not Enough in EKU's 85-75 Loss at Ole Miss

Mayo’s Double-Double Not Enough in EKU’s 85-75 Loss at Ole Miss

Posted on 14 November 2017 by admin

Nick Mayo

Nick Mayo has had two consecutive games with a double-double

OXFORD, Miss. – Junior Nick Mayo recorded his second consecutive double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds; however, it was not enough, as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell at Ole Miss, 85-75, on Monday night at the Pavilion.

EKU (1-1) showed no quit in a hostile Southeastern Conference environment. Trailing by 19, 80-61, with just under five minutes to play, the Colonels ended the game on a 14-5 run.

Mayo and freshman Dedric Boyd led all players in the game with 19 points each. Mayo was extremely efficient in getting his second double-double in as many games.

The 6-9 native of Oakland, Maine was 7-of-9 from the field, 1-of-1 from deep and 4-of-5 from the free throw stripe. He also had 10 rebounds, two assists and one block to his name.

Boyd continued to flash elite scoring ability against the Rebels. The 6-4 guard from Brownsville, Tennessee knocked down a pair of triples and got to the rim against an imposing Ole Miss frontcourt.

Junior Jackson Davis, meanwhile, recorded his first double-figures game as a Colonel, coming off the bench to score 11 points. He also had three rebounds, a team-best two blocks and a steal.

Freshman JacQuess Hobbs made his first career start at point guard and responded admirably, compiling a line of seven points, five assists, four rebounds and two steals.

EKU outshot Ole Miss (2-0) in every category, going 26-of-51 from the floor (51 percent), 6-of-12 from behind the arc (50 percent) and 17-of-22 from the free throw line (77.3 percent).

The Rebels, however, won the turnover battle, 12-8, and converted those 12 turnovers in 18 points.

DeAndre Burnett paced four Ole Miss players in double figures with 17 points.

The Rebels led by as many as 10 points in the first half, 37-27. However, EKU ended the half with four consecutive free throws by Davis to cut the deficit to six, 40-34, at the break.

The Colonels got to within four, 42-38, when Boyd connected on a pair of foul shots early in the second half. However, Ole Miss responded with a 10-2 run and grabbed a 12-point advantage, 52-40, with 15:21 remaining.

Ole Miss led by at least nine points the rest of the way.

EKU returns to Richmond to host Kentucky State in its home opener on Thursday, November 16. Tip from McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. ET.

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Mayo Voted OVC Player of the Week, Boyd Freshman of the Week

Mayo Voted OVC Player of the Week, Boyd Freshman of the Week

Posted on 13 November 2017 by admin

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EKU junior Nick Mayo was voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, while freshman Dedric Boyd was tabbed the OVC Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University junior Nick Mayo was voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week, while freshman Dedric Boyd was tabbed the OVC Co-Freshman of the Week on Monday.

The honors come on the heels of EKU’s come-from-behind 73-72 win at Rice in the Colonels’ season opener on Friday night.

Mayo went for his sixth-career double-double against the Owls, scoring 25 points and pulling down a career-high 12 rebounds. The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine shot better than 50 percent from the field (8-of-15) and 90 percent from the free throw stripe (9-of-10).

He also added a team-best three assists, one steal and one block. Mayo scored six points in the final three minutes of play to keep the Colonels within striking distance, setting the stage for Boyd’s last-second heroics.

In his first collegiate game, Boyd poured in 20 points and grabbed six boards. With EKU trailing 72-70, he drew a foul while shooting behind the three-point line and calmly sank all three free throws with five seconds left to lift the Colonels to victory. The 6-4 guard from Brownsville, Tennessee also contributed a steal and an assist, and he knocked down a team-best three three-pointers in the win.

EKU has now had the OVC Freshman of the Week in 17 of the last 33 regular season weeks, dating back to the 2015-16 season.

Boyd shares this week’s honor with Belmont guard Nick Hopkins.

Mayo, Boyd and the Colonels play at Ole Miss tonight at 6:30 p.m. ET. The game will air live on SEC Network+ and the WatchESPN app.

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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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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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