BY: MATTHEW CRUMP
Despite top efforts from key players, Eastern’s men’s basketball team couldn’t hold off host University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks on Jan. 31. The Colonels lost the game 65-72.
Eastern was neck and neck with the Skyhawks for the majority of the game. The score was tied nine times, and the lead changed 11 times. The teams were tied 35-35 at the end of the first half.
The second half was equally as intense However, the Skyhawks managed to push ahead in the last two minutes with the teams getting within two points of each other. In a flurry of missed shots by the Colonels, including a lay-up and two 3-pointers, Tennessee-Martin kept the lead.
This game marked junior Glenn Cosey’s return from a six-game break after he suffered an injury, and he didn’t take a minute of the game for granted. The guard had a team-high 20 points and contributed four assists. His accuracy was on the low side after he shot seven of 18 from the field and six of 14 from the 3-point range.
Senior Mike DiNunno also was a standout for the Colonels after he had team-high seven assists and five steals. His main weakness, similar to Cosey, was his shot percentage. He made five of 18 shots, three of 13 from the 3-point arc.
The Colonels inaccurate shooting was a huge hindrance for the team. They shot 23 of 65 from the field and 12 of 38 from behind the 3-point arc.
Sophomore Corey Walden was the most accurate Colonel at the free throw line with 2 for 2.
Overall, the Skyhawks outshot and outrebounded Eastern, which is what gave Tennessee-Martin the edge to win. The Colonels went 7-of-13 in successful free throws and were out-rebounded by 25.