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Walden and Stutz pickup postseason OVC honors

Posted on 03 March 2015 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – After leading Murray State to just the fifth undefeated Conference season in Ohio Valley Conference history, Murray State sophomore point guard Cameron Payne was named 2014-15 OVC Player of the Year while his coach Steve Prohm took home OVC Coach of the Year honors in voting by league head coaches and sports information directors. In additional voting Eastern Kentucky senior guard Corey Walden repeated as OVC Defensive Player of the Year while Eastern Illinois guard Cornell Johnston was named OVC Freshman of the Year.

In the now seven-year history of the OVC Defensive Player of the Year Award, Walden is the second player to repeat as winner, joining Morehead State All-American and NBA player Kenneth Faried (who won three-straight from 2009-11). Entering this week Walden ranks second nationally in steals (3.0/game) for an Eastern Kentucky team that is currently first nationally in turnover margin (+7.6/game). Walden also helped his team rank second in the OVC in scoring defense (63.3 points/game allowed) and hold 21 of the team’s 29 opponents to under 70 points this season. During the final week of the regular season he broke into the OVC single-season steals Top 10 (84 – he now ranks ninth) as well as the OVC career steals Top 10 (221 – he ranks eighth); those 221 career steals is also tied for first place in EKU history. He opened the season with a career-high eight swipes against Savannah State and had three other games where he had five or more steals in 2014-15.

Payne becomes the first sophomore to be named OVC Player of the Year since Austin Peay’s Drake Reed took home the award in 2006-07, and the second MSU sophomore to win the award (joining the legendary Popeye Jones in 1989-90). He is the 13th Murray State player to take home the honor and first since Isaiah Canaan won back-to-back awards in 2012 and 2013. After leading the Racers to the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament (CIT) Championship a season ago, Payne was named Preseason OVC Player of the Year heading into this season and backed up those predictions. He enters the postseason ranking 13th nationally in scoring (20.2 points/game), 21st in assists (5.7/game) and 39th in steals (1.97/game). Among OVC players the Memphis native ranks first in scoring and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4), second in assists, third in steals, fifth in 3-pointers made/game (2.2) and seventh in free throw shooting (78.9%). Payne has scored 30 or more points in three different games this season (all coming on the road) and scored in double figures in all but one contest. He dished out a season-high nine assists twice and also pulled down 10 rebounds in a victory over Eastern Kentucky. He was named OVC Player of the Week five times during the year but more importantly he helped his team win, as the Racers have reeled off 24 consecutive victories which established a new OVC record for longest winning streak (topping a mark the 2011-12 MSU team set). The Racers also became the first team to go through the OVC season undefeated since 2003-04 and this week jumped into both the USA Today Coaches Poll (No. 24) and the Associated Press Poll (No. 25), becoming the first OVC team to be ranked since the 2011-12 season.

Prohm picked up his second OVC Coach of the Year honor and first since his inaugural season with the team in 2011-12. After taking that club to a 31-2 overall record and Top 10 national ranking, Prohm did it this season by relying on Payne, the sophomore point guard, and a great shooting offense. After starting the season just 2-4 overall, Prohm’s club made some adjustments and have not lost since, reeling off 24-straight victories entering the week; that streak is the second-longest active streak nationally and is the longest in OVC history (breaking a mark of 23 set by the Racers in the 2011-12 season). The team also completed a perfect 16-0 league mark, marking just the fifth time in league history a team had gone through League play undefeated, and also entered the national Top 25 polls this week, becoming the first OVC team to be nationally ranked since the Racers were in 2011-12. During the season Prohm also posted his 100th career victory, becoming the fastest coach in Murray State’s prestigious history to reach that plateau; he enters the postseason with a 101-27 (.789) records in four years at MSU. Overall Prohm is the sixth different Murray State coach to win a pair of OVC Coach of the Year Awards; overall the program has had 10 different coaches take home the league’s top honor a total of 16 times.

Johnston helped the Eastern Illinois team to just its second overall winning season since 2001, as the Panthers made a five-game improvement from last season to finish with 16 overall victories. The Panthers also started Conference play 6-0 and finished with nine overall league victories in the third year under head coach Jay Spoonhour. Along the way the diminutive point guard set the Eastern Illinois freshman record for assists (130 and counting) and he enters the postseason ranked third in the OVC in assists (4.5/game). He has also torched the nets from 3-point range, leading all OVC players with a 52.2 percentage on the season; that number is even better over the final 13 games of the regular season as he connected on 66 percent (31-of-47) over that time period. He scored a season-high 22 points in a victory at Morehead State and was named OVC Freshman of the Week four times and OVC Player of the Week once. He is the fourth different EIU player to be named OVC Freshman of the Year and first since Romain Martin shared the award in 2006-07.

ALL-OVC TEAMS
This year’s first and second-team All-OVC squads include 10 players from six OVC schools. Belmont, Eastern Kentucky, Murray State and UT Martin (the top four seeds in this week’s tournament) each had two selections apiece. The first and second-teams included six seniors, two juniors and two sophomores.

Payne, the OVC Player of the Week, was the top vote getter and earned his second-straight All-OVC first-team selection. He was joined on the All-OVC first-team by two players who were second-team selections a season ago in Belmont junior guard Craig Bradshaw and Murray State senior forward Jarvis Williams. The team also includes the Eastern Kentucky senior guard Corey Walden, the OVC Defensive Player of the Year, and Eastern Kentucky senior forward Eric Stutz.

Bradshaw took over as Belmont’s leading scorer after the graduation of last year’s OVC Player of the Year J.J. Mann. He enters the postseason averaging 17.9 points/game, which ranks third in the OVC and 49th nationally. The junior also ranks 29th nationally in 3-point percentage (41.7%) while ranking second in the OVC in 3-pointers made (2.5/game), eighth in steals (1.6/game) and ninth in assists (3.2/game) among league players. Earlier this season he scored 42 points in a road victory over Ohio, which is the fifth-most points by a Division I player this season; that performance earned him National Player of the Week honors. He was also named a CoSIDA Academic All-American for his work in the classroom (3.51 grade point average in public relations).

Williams helped Murray State to the OVC regular season championship by ranking third in the OVC in rebounding (8.3/game), fourth in field goal percentage (57.1%) and sixth in scoring (15.4 points/game) while also netting 10 double-doubles, which was the third-highest total in the league.

Walden and Stutz were a one-two combination for the defending OVC Tournament Champion Colonels, leading the team to first place in the East Division and the No. 2 overall seed for the OVC Tournament. While Walden led the team in scoring and shot 54.1 percent from the field while also being the team’s defensive stopper, Stutz has been one of the most improved players in the league. Entering this season he had career averages around 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds/game but blossomed this season in averaging 15.5 points (5th in the OVC) and 5.8 rebounds (11th in the OVC) per game while hitting 61.7 percent from the field, a percentage that ranks sixth in the nation.

The All-OVC second-team included one repeat selection in Southeast Missouri State senior swingman Jarekious Bradley. He was joined on the team by a pair of UT Martin senior guards in Deville Smith and Marshun Newell, Eastern Illinois junior swingman Trae Anderson and Belmont sophomore forward Evan Bradds.

The OVC All-Newcomer Team is was comprised of first-year players (freshman and transfers) in the league. Included in the selections was Johnston, the OVC Freshman of the Year, as well as Anderson and Smith, who were also second-team selections. The other selections on the team were Tennessee Tech junior center Charles Jackson and UT Martin junior forward Twymond Howard.
2014-15 Men’s Basketball All-OVC Teams and Awards
OVC Player of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State
OVC Defensive Player of the Year: Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
OVC Freshman of the Year: Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois
OVC Coach of the Year: Steve Prohm, Murray State

ALL-OVC FIRST TEAM
Cameron Payne, Murray State
Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Jarvis Williams, Murray State
Eric Stutz, Eastern Kentucky

ALL-OVC SECOND TEAM
Evan Bradds, Belmont
Marshun Newell, UT Martin
Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Deville Smith, UT Martin
Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois

ALL-NEWCOMER TEAM
Deville Smith, UT Martin
Trae Anderson, Eastern Illinois
Charles Jackson, Tennessee Tech
Cornell Johnston, Eastern Illinois
Twymond Howard, UT Martin

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Walden earns OVC Co-Player of the Week honors

Posted on 02 March 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – After scoring a career-high 35 points to help Eastern Kentucky clinch first place in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division and the No. 2 seed in the league tournament senior Corey Walden was chosen as the adidas OVC Co-Player of the Week on Monday.

EKU needed to win three games in six days to claim first place in the OVC East and Walden made sure it happened. The senior guard shot 63 percent from the field and had 11 steals in three wins last week.

After playing a limited number of minutes against Austin Peay while still recovering from a late season ankle injury, Walden put the Colonels on his back the next two games. He finished with a team-best 15 points, eight rebounds and four steals against Jacksonville State. He hit big shot after big shot in a tight game against Tennessee Tech on his way to a career-best 35 points to go along with five steals. Walden had a lay-up, a key rebound and two free throws in the final 25 seconds to secure the victory.

With his 11 steals, he tied the EKU career record and moved onto the OVC top-10 lists for single season steals and career steals.

In three games, the Daytona Beach native averaged 17.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game.

Walden connected on 11 of his 14 attempts from the field against Tennessee Tech and went 13-for-15 at the free throw line.

EKU (19-10, 11-5 OVC) won eight of its final nine regular season games. As the No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament, the Colonels will play in the semifinals on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The game, at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, will air live on ESPNU.

Eastern will face the winner of the quarterfinal contest between the No. 3 seed Belmont and the winner of the No. 6 Eastern Illinois/No. 7 SIU Edwardsville first round game.

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Walden leads Colonels to East Division title

Posted on 28 February 2015 by admin

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RICHMOND, Ky. – Behind a career-high 35 points from Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky clinched first place in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division and the No. 2 seed in next week’s league tournament with a 70-67 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday.

EKU (19-10, 11-5 OVC) won eight of its final nine regular season games. As the No. 2 seed in the OVC Tournament, the Colonels will play in the semifinals on Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET. The game, at Municipal Auditorium in Nashville, will air live on ESPNU.

Eastern will face the winner of the quarterfinal contest between the No. 3 seed Belmont and the winner of the No. 6 Eastern Illinois/No. 7 SIU Edwardsville first round game.

With the game tied 38-38 and 53-53, Walden stepped up with big baskets. The first time he was fouled on a three-point attempt from the right corner and hit all three free throws. With the game knotted at 53-53 and 6:05 showing on the clock, the senior drove to the basket, converted the lay-up, was fouled and made his ensuing free throw.

Walden connected on 11 of his 14 attempts from the field and with five steals tied the EKU career record for thefts. Walden has matched Jamie Ross (1988-92) with 221 career steals.

Charles Jackson’s two free throws got the Golden Eagles to within 57-55, but Eric Stutz had the answer. The senior drained a three-pointer from the right wing for a 5-point Colonel lead.

Javon McKay’s three-pointer cut the TTU deficit to one, 66-65, with 50 seconds left to play. Once again, Walden had the answer. He laid it in off a pass to the hoop from Stutz to stretch the margin back to three with 23 seconds to play. Walden capped the game by rebounding Aleksa Jugovic’s game-tying three-point attempt with 5.5 seconds left and scoring his final two points at the free throw line.

Stutz contributed 17 points and five assists. Jackson finished with 15 points and 17 rebounds for Tennessee Tech (12-18, 4-12 OVC). Torrance Rowe had 16 points and five assists for the visitors.

The Golden Eagles went 7-for-15 from three-point range in the first half, but made just 3-of-9 in the second and shot 39 percent from the field for the game. The Colonels shot 51 percent from the field.

NOTES
Seniors Robbie Stenzel, Deverin Muff, Timmy Knipp, Eric Stutz and Corey Walden were honored before the game.

Corey Walden began the day as the only player ranked in the top-10 in the OVC in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (9th), assists (7th) and steals (1st). He finished with 35 points, five steals, two rebounds and one assist.

Corey Walden’s previous career-high was 33 points set on Nov. 26, 2014 as Southern Utah and matched on Dec. 30, 2014 at Coppin State.

With its 19th win of the season, the 2014-15 team is now tied with the 1990-91, 1986-87 and 1964-65 teams for the 10th most wins in program history.

Corey Walden now needs one more steal to break the EKU career record of 221 held by Jamie Ross (1988-92).

Eastern has shot 50 percent or better in six of its last eight games and eight times in its last 13 contests.

EKU is 39-6 in its last 45 home games.

Tennessee Tech began the day 10th in the OVC in scoring defense (69.8 ppg).

Eastern Kentucky entered the game second in the nation in turnover margin (+7.8) and fifth in steals (9.8 spg). EKU had four fewer turnovers and seven steals.

EKU now leads the all-time series 72-58 and is 43-22 against the Golden Eagles in Richmond.

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Walden On Mid-Major Player Of The Year Watch List

Posted on 21 January 2015 by admin

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BOSTON, Mass. – Eastern Kentucky senior Corey Walden is one of 40 players from across the country chosen to the Lou Henson Award Mid-Season Watch List, CollegeInsider.com announced on Wednesday.

The Lou Henson Award is presented annually to the Division I “Mid-Major” Player of the Year. Walden is one of only two Ohio Valley Conference players on the list.

The Daytona Beach native leads the team in scoring (19.1 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (2.7 spg). He has scored in double figures in every game this season and has scored 20 or more points seven times. He set a new career high with 33 points at Southern Utah and then matched that total in a game at Coppin State.

Walden is shooting 56.2 percent from the field this season.

He is the only player in the OVC top-10 in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (8th), assists (9th) and steals (1st).

Walden now needs 39 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221. The 6-foot-2 guard ranks sixth in the nation in steals per game and 26th in field goal percentage.

The finalists for the 2015 Lou Henson Award will be announced in March. The award is named in honor of Henson who retired after a spectacular coaching career that lasted 41 years. When he left the game in 2005 he was sixth all-time in career Division I wins with 779. He is the winningest coach at both Illinois and New Mexico State. He is one of only 12 coaches in the history of the game to take two schools to the Final Four.

The 2015 recipient will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 3 in Indianapolis, site of the 2015 men’s NCAA Basketball Championship.

Walden joined EKU’s 1,000 point club during the game at Southern Utah. He is now 16th on the school’s all-time scoring list with 1,248 points.

As a junior in 2014-15, Walden was chosen as the OVC Defensive Player of the Year and the OVC Tournament MVP.

The Colonels play at Jacksonville State on Thursday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.

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Walden Earns Two Player Of The Week Awards

Posted on 12 January 2015 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky senior Corey Walden was chosen as the adidas Ohio Valley Conference Co-Player of the Week. Walden was also chosen as the OVC Player of the Week by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

The 6-foot-2 guard shot an amazing 62 percent combined in Eastern’s road wins at Tennessee-Martin and Southeast Missouri last week.

He averaged 22 points, five rebounds, three assists and 1.5 steals in the two games. The Daytona Beach native scored 33 percent of the team’s points and turned the ball over only three times in 78 minutes on the court.

Walden finished with 21 points, five rebounds, five assists and two steals at UT Martin. Two nights later he scored 23 points with five rebounds at Southeast Missouri.

He made 8-of-11 from the field against the Skyhawks and went 10-for-10 at the stripe at SEMO. He missed only one free throw in the two games, going 15-of-16 at the stripe for 94 percent.

The Colonels will face Eastern Illinois (10-6, 4-0 OVC) at home on Thursday. Tip-off in McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7:30 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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Walden A Finalist For National Defensive Player Of The Year

Posted on 02 April 2014 by admin

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BOSTON – Eastern Kentucky University junior guard Corey Walden was named to the 2013-14 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team by CollegeInsider.com and is one of 25 finalists for the 2014 Lefty Driesell National Defensive Player of the Year Award.

Walden helped the Colonels (24-10) capture the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship and earn the program’s eighth NCAA Tournament bid.

The Daytona Beach, Fla., native was also chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and as the Most Valuable Player of the OVC Tournament in March.

Walden was a key factor in Eastern Kentucky leading the OVC in scoring defense (70.0 ppg) during the regular season and scoring margin (+7.8 points/game). The junior, who was often given the task of defending the other team’s best guard, finished first in the conference with 2.2 steals per game. He ranked 16th in the nation with 76 steals.

Overall, Walden had at least one steal in 30 of EKU’s 34 games and had 34 total steals over the team’s last 12 contests, including 14 combined in three OVC Tournament games and one NCAA Tournament game. As a team Eastern Kentucky ranks sixth nationally with 299 steals, 76 of which belong to Walden.

In three OVC Tournament games, Walden averaged 23.3 points, 3.7 steals, 3.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists. He made 66 percent of his shots from the field and 91 percent at the stripe. He scored a career-best 29 points in the championship game against Belmont.

For the season, Walden averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

The winner of the 2014 Driesell award will be announced at the CollegeInsider.com Awards Banquet on April 4 in Dallas, site of the Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

The Lefty Driesell award is named in honor of coaching legend Lefty Driesell, who is the only person to ever win 100 games at four different Division I schools. He is best known for his time at Maryland, leading the program to the National Invitational Tournament title in 1972 and its second-ever ACC Tournament Championship in 1984. He finished his career at Maryland with a 348-159 record and concluded his career with an impressive 786-394 mark.

The 2013-14 Lefty Driesell Defensive All-America team and finalist for the Driesell Award include: Cameron Ayers (Bucknell), Khem Birch (UNLV), Alec Brown (Green Bay), Rhamel Brown (Manhattan), Willie Cauley-Stein (Kentucky), Tekele Cotton (Wichita State), Aaron Craft (Ohio State), Scott Eatherton (Northeastern), Joel Embiid (Kansas), Justin Jackson (Cincinnati), Jordair Jett (Saint Louis), Nick Johnson (Arizona), Du’Vaughn Maxwell (Hampton), K.J. McDaniels (Clemson), Daniel Miller (Georgia Tech), Chris Obekpa (St. John’s), Elfrid Payton (Louisiana at Lafayette), Trevor Releford (Alabama), Marcus Smart (Oklahoma State), Kenneth Smith (Louisiana Tech), Corey Walden (Eastern Kentucky), Scottie Wilbekin (Florida), Kendall Williams (New Mexico), Briante Weber (VCU) and Patric Young (Florida).

Walden has helped EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history. In his first year as a Colonel the team won a school-record 25 games. With 24 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

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Colonels give Kansas a scare but fall short

Posted on 21 March 2014 by admin

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The No. 15 seed Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team gave No. 2 seed Kansas all it could handle before falling to the heavily-favored Jayhawks, 80-69, in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Friday at the Scottrade Center.

EKU (24-10) pulled to within three points of KU (25-9), 64-61, on a jumper in the lane by junior Corey Walden with 3:39 to play. However, a three-point play by Jamari Traylor on the opposite end sparked a decisive 12-0 Jayhawks run that was capped by a thunderous Andrew Wiggins dunk that made it 76-64 with 44 seconds on the clock.

Senior Glenn Cosey led EKU in the near-upset with 17 points, 14 of which came in a dazzling first-half performance. Senior Tarius Johnson and junior Eric Stutz contributed 15 points apiece. Walden, the MVP of the OVC Tournament and EKU’s defensive stopper, was saddled with foul trouble the entire game and scored only four points before fouling out with 3:19 remaining.

The Colonels knocked down 12 three-pointers in the loss.

Wiggins paced five Jayhawks in double figures with 19 points. Kansas shot 60 percent (32-of-53) from the field and out-rebounded EKU, 43-19.

EKU led for most of the first half, as Cosey knocked down his first three three-point attempts to give the Colonels a quick 13-6 advantage.

After Kansas pulled to within two, 14-12, an offensive put-back by Johnson sparked a 9-2 run by EKU that ended when Cosey buried his fourth three-pointer to give the Colonels their largest lead of the first half, 23-14, with 8:45 on the clock.

Eastern led 27-20 with 4:22 remaining in the half, but Kansas used an 8-0 run to take the lead, 28-27, on a pair of free throws by Wiggins with 1:22 to play.

KU held that lead until senior Orlando Williams was fouled shooting a three-pointer in the waning seconds of the half. Williams converted two free throws to make it a tie game, 32-32, at the break.

EKU forced Kansas into 14 turnovers in the first half.

Kansas took a seven-point lead, 45-38, on a dunk by Tarik Black just over four minutes into the second half, but EKU did not back down. The Colonels responded with a 10-0 run and retook the lead, 48-45, when Johnson buried a three-pointer from the wing with 12:55 on the clock.

EKU’s final lead came when senior Jeff Johnson connected on a three-pointer from the top of the key to make it 56-53 in favor of the Colonels with 9:13 to play. Traylor tied it with a three-point play on KU’s next possession and the Jayhawks led the rest of the way.

Kansas turned the ball over only three times in the second half. The Jayhawks will advance to play No. 10 Stanford on Sunday.

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Walden OVC Defensive Player Of The Year, Cosey 1st Team All-OVC

Posted on 05 March 2014 by admin

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BRENTWOOD, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky junior Corey Walden was chosen as the Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and senior Glenn Cosey was selected first team All-OVC, the league announced today.

Walden is the first Colonel to earn the Defensive Player of the Year honor which was first awarded in 2008-09. Cosey is the 55th first team all-conference selection in program history.

The duo has helped lead EKU to its winningest two-year stretch in program history. Last season the Colonels won a school-record 25 games. With 20 more wins this season, the team broke the previous mark of 42 wins combined in 1945-46 and 1946-47.

Walden was a key factor in Eastern Kentucky leading the OVC in scoring defense (70.0 ppg) and scoring margin (+8.7 points/game). The junior, who is often given the task of defending the other team’s best guard, finished second in the conference with 62 steals (2.1 spg), just three behind the leader. Overall, Walden had at least one steal in 26 of EKU’s 30 games on the year and had 20 total steals over the team’s last eight contests. As a team Eastern Kentucky ranks fifth nationally with 262 steals, 62 of which belong to Walden.

The Daytona Beach, Fla., native averaged 13.2 points, 4.2 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.

Cosey, a member of the OVC All-Newcomer team last season, averaged 18.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds and 1.2 steals per game in 2013-14. He leads the conference in three-pointers made (3.3 per game), is second in assists-to-turnover ratio (2.4), third in free throw shooting (85.1 percent), fourth in scoring, fourth in three-point shooting (42.2 percent) and eighth in assists (4.3 apg).

On Jan. 2, Cosey broke the Eastern Kentucky record and tied the OVC mark with 10 three-pointers at Eastern Illinois. He went 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-of-12 from behind the arc, to finish with a career-best 34 points. Cosey dished out a career-high nine assists twice this season.

On Feb. 1, Cosey banked in a 35-footer with 0.4 seconds left to give EKU a 79-78 victory over Southeast Missouri. The shot completed a comeback from 10 points down with 3:57 left and earned the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s Top-10 Plays.

In his last regular season home game, Cosey scored his 1,000th point in two seasons as a Colonel, becoming the school’s 32nd member of the 1,000-point club.

The Flint, Mich., native scored in double figures 29 of the team’s 30 games and eclipsed the 20-point mark 13 times.

Eastern Kentucky is the No. 3 seed in the OVC Tournament. The Colonels (21-9, 11-5 OVC) will play the winner of the No. 6 Southeast Missouri/No. 7 Eastern Illinois contest on Thursday night in Nashville, Tenn. Tip time for the quarterfinal game is set for 9 p.m. ET.

2013-14 All-OVC Teams and Award Winners
Player of the Year: J.J. Mann, Belmont
Freshman of the Year: Cameron Payne, Murray State
Defensive Player of the Year: Corey Walden, Eastern Kentucky
Coach of the Year: Rick Byrd, Belmont

First Team All-OVC
J.J. Mann, Belmont
Glenn Cosey, Eastern Kentucky
Tyler Stone, Southeast Missouri
Cameron Payne, Murray State
Patrick Miller, Tennessee State

Second Team All-OVC
Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Craig Bradshaw, Belmont
Jarvis Williams, Murray State
Angelo Warner, Morehead State
Sherman Blanford, Eastern Illinois

OVC All-Newcomer Team
Cameron Payne, Murray State
Jarekious Bradley, Southeast Missouri
Jarvis Williams, Murray State
Donivine Stewart, SIUE
Reggie Smith, Eastern Illinois

 

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