BY: MATTHEW CRUMP
The men’s basketball team steamrolled over non-conference opponent Crowley’s Ridge College Pioneers with a 97-31 win.
Sophomore Robbie Stenzel was the star of the night after scoring a team-high and career high 14 points.
Stenzel had the best-shot accuracy for the Colonels. He shot five of six from the field, three of which were 3-pointers. He also contributed three assists and three steals.
“I’m really pleased at how our team handled this challenge,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “Our focus was guarding the ball one-on-one. We did a much better job guarding the ball tonight and not putting our teammates in ‘help’ situations.”
The game started off even with both teams tied at 3-3, but Eastern used runs to blast its lead off and they never looked back.
Eastern’s first run had the team scoring 14 unanswered points. The Pioneers scored five baskets, which prompted the Colonels to go on a 23-4 run.
Eastern powered on for the rest of the first half. Finally, after an impressive windmill dunk by junior Marcus Lewis and high scoring effort by the team, the Colonels had a massive lead 52-16.
Eastern shot an impressive 60 percent in the first half, while Crowley’s Ridge lagged behind with only 26 percent.
The second half was even better for the Colonels than the first. They kept scoring, barely allowing the Pioneers to get any points.
With three minutes left in the game, Eastern was leading by 70 points.
After two more points were added to the scoreboard, the Colonels didn’t net another basket for the remainder of the game.
The Pioneers managed to get a few more shots in, but there was no point by then. The game ended with Eastern at the top, 97-31.
Sophomore, Eric Stutz continued his defensive dominance from earlier games. He had seven rebounds and seven steals.
The game was a chance for some of the less experienced Colonels to get some playing time.
“I was looking to get some freshmen involved,” Stenzel said. “I scored enough tonight, so I was just trying to get everyone else involved.”
Senior Mike DiNunno sat out because of an injury.
The Colonels return this Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. against rival Morehead State University for a conference rematch.