By Andrew Day
The men’s basketball team is off to its best start since the Truman administration thanks to two time OVC newcomer of the week Glenn Cosey and a last second layup by senior leader Mike DiNunno.
Glenn Cosey was awarded his second OVC newcomer of the week after an impressive performance against Delaware State posting 21 points (19 in the first half) and draining four shots from behind the arc, with the team making 8-of-18. Delaware State took an early 2-0 lead, and that was the only lead change during the game, Eastern dominated Delaware State shooting 36-64 from the field, 11-26 from the three-point line, 5-9 from the free throw line with the help of one of the best defenders in the conference Corey Walden, and at one point the Colonels led by 35. Eastern defeated Delaware State 84-51.
The Colonels continued their winning ways against the Catamounts of Western Carolina on Dec 1. The lone senior on the team Mike DiNunno hit the biggest shot of his career with 3 seconds left to give the Colonels the two point lead and the win. Cosey scored a little less than his average and put up 15, DiNunno reached his average at 14, the two combined for 29. DiNunno also led the game in assists with 7 and 2 steals. The Colonels outshot the Catamounts 52.7 percent to 30 percent in the second half to help with the comeback.
The Colonels passed the first of six road tests by defeating North Carolina Central 63-57. Once again Glenn Cosey and Mike DiNunno led the team in scoring with a combined 31 points, seven rebounds (all by Cosey), 5 assists, 6 steals and 4 turnovers. Eastern was outrebounded again (ranked 335th by ESPN in RPG), but the defense stepped up causing 22 turnovers (only giving up 10) while outscoring the Eagles 32-14 off turnovers and only allowing 14 percent shooting from behind the three-point line.
This eight-game win streak is the longest since the 1964-65 campaign when the “Maroons” had a 10 -game win streak.
Eastern’s next game is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8 against Chattanooga.