Jacksonville St. 53
The Colonels won on the road last Thursday against conference opponent Jacksonville State, 76-54. The win put the Colonels in a tie for the eighth spot in the Ohio Valley Conference, giving EKU a shot to advance to the OVC tournament.
The Colonels (15-16, 6-10 OVC) came out with a balanced attack, with 11 players scoring by the end of the game. Junior forward Javontae Hawkins led the Colonels with 14 points, while freshman forward Nick Mayo added 13 points.
The Colonels shot 51 percent from the field and 50 percent from the 3-point arc. EKU also out-rebounded the Gamecocks (8-23, 4-12 OVC) 48 to 27, which was its highest rebounding margin of the year.
The Gamecocks only had one player score in double figures.
Tennessee Tech 92
With its OVC tournament hopes on the line, the Colonels returned to action on Saturday, closing out its road trip against Tennessee Tech (19-10, 11-5 OVC).
However, EKU was unable to pull the game out, losing a heart-breaker 92-82.
Hawkins, Mayo and sophomore guard Paul Jackson led the Colonels with 16 points apiece. Jackson matched his season high in points.
The Colonels shot 44 percent from the field, but ended the year shooting 49 percent on the season, which was a program best. The Colonels were also out-rebounded by five, while shooting an abysmal 59 percent from the free throw line.
Tennessee Tech guards Aleksa Jugovic and Torrance Rowe combined for 53 points and gave the Colonels problems all night.
With the season over, EKU will turn its focus to the offseason. Head Coach Dan McHale will look to improve on what was a promising season, despite what the record shows. With almost the entire team coming back, the Colonels look to take a huge step forward next season.