The Eastern Kentucky Colonels started their four game on-the-road journey with a pair of disappointing losses to a pair of in-state rivals. EKU (8-13, 1-5) traveled to Murray State (11-9, 5-1) on Thursday the 19th trying to notch their second conference win of the season.
The Colonels hung tough for the entirety of the game, but ultimately fell to Murray 86-79. The dynamic duo of sophomore forward Nick Mayo and freshman guard Asante Gist put up 45 points combined, but the lack of contribution from other players and 19 turnovers cost the Colonels in the end.
Even in the loss, the Colonels had a good shooting night shooting 51 percent overall and 42 percent from behind the three-point line with Asante Gist hitting three of them. Conference play has started off rough for the Colonels who had high hopes after a strong non-conference showing.
Eastern Kentucky (8-14, 1-6) traveled to Morehead to play in-state rival Morehead State (9-11, 5-2), in what was an abysmal game for the Colonels. The duo of Nick Mayo and Asante Gist combined to score 30 points, but the rest of the team combined to score only 24 points. Eastern ultimately ended up getting beat by a score of 80-54.
The team had a very poor shooting night, only hitting 35 percent of their shots while shooting a horrendous 22 percent from the three. 15 turnovers certainly didn’t help the team either as they played one of their worst games of the season. The Colonels seemed to have taken a step back this particular game after having played Murray tight the whole game.
The Men’s next game is Thursday, January 26th at Jacksonville State at 8 PM.
Over the winter break, Eastern saw the breakout of point guard Asante Gist. Gist is currently averaging 14.8 ppg as well as 3.8 assists per game – good enough to lead all freshman in the OVC. Gist was recently voted OVC freshman of the week this past week.
After starting the season with a 6-4 record and a convincing win over rival Western Kentucky, the Colonels are just 2-10 in their last 12 games and are currently on a 5 game losing streak, with the only bright spots on the team being Sophomore forward Nick Mayo and Freshman point guard Asante Gist. Mayo is currently averaging 17.3 ppg to go along with 6.1 rebounds per game. Those are the only two Colonels currently averaging in double-figures.