Category: Basketball

Men’s basketball goes 1-1 during season opening weekend

The Colonels finished their opening weekend 1-1 after two home games against Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and UNC Wilmington, respectively. In their season opener, the two teams showed plenty of physicality, and the Colonels made 45 of 56 (80%) free throws. The Colonels held a 14-point lead in the first half and continued to build on it in the second, going on an 18-8 run capped off by a dunk from preseason All-OVC selection Nick Mayo. IUPUI came storming back and cut the lead to eight, but the Colonels finished the half 13 for 14 from the free throw line, sealing the deal and winning 97-87. Freshman guard Asante Gist shined in his EKU debut with 21 points, seven rebounds and five assists, while sophomore Nick Mayo led the Colonels with 24 points and eight rebounds, as well as shot 100% from the free throw line. The Colonels returned Monday night for a classic game against UNC Wilmington. Wilmington gained a lead of 17 points in the first half and the Colonels could not find an answer, shooting 29% from the field and being out-rebounded by five. Slowly, the Colonels chipped away at the lead after the half. Mayo opened the game just 1-7 from the field, but ended up shooting 7-17 at the 3-minute mark in the second half. The Colonels also closed the rebounding gap to two. Their aggressive nature gave them 21 free throw attempts to...

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Women’s basketball hungry for OVC title

Basketball season is finally here and the Colonels are looking to bounce back from a disappointing end to the season last year, falling in the OVC title game. After the annual Hoopfest and scrimmages, the Colonels are looking poised to make yet another deep post-season run.

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Basketball tournament offers students way to help by hooping it up

Spring may be unable to decide whether or not it wants to fully grace us with its presence, but spring activities are in full swing on campus. If your preferred spring activity is basketball, then look no further for entertainment this April Fool’s Day weekend. At 5 p.m. Friday, April 1, in the EKU Fitness and Wellness Center, New Hall and Campus Rec will be sponsoring a 3 on 3 basketball tournament. Entry for the tournament will cost $15 per team, and each team must contain at least 3 players. The tournament is open to all students, as well...

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Freshman’s rise bodes well for future of Eastern basketball

Eastern freshman forward Nick Mayo became a star in the Ohio Valley Conference (OVC) throughout the season, earning awards such as OVC Freshman of the Year and All-OVC First Team. The dominant inside presence averaged 14.5 points, five boards and one block during his first collegiate season. The story of how he came to EKU is even more interesting. Hailing from Oakland, Maine, Mayo committed early to the Colonels just before the start of his senior year to former Head Coach Jeff Neubauer. When Neubauer left EKU to take the Fordham job, Mayo said things got a little crazy....

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Loss to Tennessee Tech squelches tournament hopes

Eastern 76Jacksonville 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 Eastern 82 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...

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