By Langdon Barnes
Eastern added another win to the record book Tuesday night at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels hit 10 first half three pointers on their way to a 74-50 victory over Chicago State.Eastern (14-6, 6-2 OVC) was 15-for-36 (41.7 percent) from three while Chicago State (5-15) never lead in the game.
The Colonels have now won 19 straight games at home. Eastern leads the nation with 208 three pointers this season.
Junior Justin Stommes led Eastern with 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting. Stommes hit three of the Colonels 15 three pointers. He is now averaging 15 points per game.
“Justin has become such a complete player,” said Head Coach Jeff Neubauer. “He is now able to drive, pull-up, and shoot the three.”
Seniors Papa Oppong and Josh Taylor each scored 15 points for Eastern. Oppong was 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, hitting four in the first half.
Taylor was 4-of-6 from deep while dishing out five assists from the middle spot in the Colonels 5-high offense. Taylor was able to get the crowd on their feet with a second half dunk on the Cougars Brandan Smith. He was fouled on the play and hit the ensuing free-throw.
Josh Daniel and Willie Cruz each scored eight points off the bench.
Chicago State was led by Christian Wall and Carl Montgomery who scored 13 and 10 points respectively.
The Cougars cut the lead to four at 23-19 with 6:57 showing on the clock. Eastern then scored 17 straight points, which included five three pointers to close the first half.
The Colonels held a large lead for the entire second half on their way to their fourth straight win.
Eastern totaled 21 assists compared to only six turnovers. The Colonels average an OVC best 16.7 assists and 10.3 turnovers per game.
“We are a very unselfish team,” said Taylor. “We are good at finding open teammates.”
Eastern will host defending OVC champion Morehead State on the 23rd at 7 p.m.