Chasing history: Nick Mayo

Senior Nick Mayo goes up with the reverse lay up against Upstate on Dec. 5. (Cameron Flester)  

Senior Nick Mayo has been leading the way for EKU basketball this season and he is closing in on EKU’s all-time scoring record.

Mayo currently ranks second, behind the all-time scoring leader Matt Witt with 1,832.  

Mayo is seven points away now from that top spot. He has a shot at beating that record this Saturday on the road at Xavier.   

During EKU’s loss to No. 6 Tennessee on Wed. Nov. 28, Mayo scored 23 points, collected nine rebounds and was a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line.

After the game, head basketball coach A.W. Hamilton said, “He is a once in a lifetime player. I’m the luckiest guy in the world to be able to coach him for a year.”  

Mayo is averaging 24.7 points and 9.1 rebounds-per-game.

With 22 games left in the season and a majority of those games, Ohio Valley Conference games, Mayo has a great chance to move up to first place if he keeps averaging in double figures.  

In the Colonels away game at High Point, Mayo hit a buzzer-beating three to give EKU the 70-69 win. He finished the game with a double-double with 30 points and 10 rebounds.

Mayo was also named to the Lou Henson Award Watch List for the third consecutive season. This award is presented to the top mid-major player in the country in Division-I College Basketball.

The only other players from the state of Kentucky that are on the watch list is Drew McDonald from Northern Kentucky and Ja Morant from Murray State.

Mayo has averaged more points per game than McDonald so far this season and Morant has only averaged a few more points than Mayo.

Whether Mayo wins this award or not it will come down too his production the rest of the season and whether he can continue to led the Colonels. The way he is playing now, it looks very promising that he will be a front runner for the award in April.

Sports Editor

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