The Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) men’s basketball team took on the Volunteers of Tennessee (UT) in a non-conference matchup on Dec. 7 in Knoxville. The Colonels fell to Tennessee, 84-49.
EKU started off the game strong, scoring the first points with a layup by Cooper Robb. Michael Moreno scored after with a 3-point shot, giving the EKU an early 5-0 lead over the Volunteers.
Tennessee took their first lead of the game with a 3-point shot by Tyreke Key, putting the Vols up by one, 12-11. Key then went to the line and shot two free throws, extending the Tennessee lead, 14-11, with 10 minutes left in the first half.
In the first eight and a half minutes of the game, the Colonels defense forced six UT turnovers.
With 7:54 in the first half, EKU began to close the Vols’ lead, coming within three, 17-20.
Tennessee took a lead of seven with 3:19 left in the first half, before Leland Walker scored a free throw to close within six.
UT scored two free throws by Julian Phillips extending the Vols lead to nine, 30-21. Another UT layup extended the lead, 32-21, to end the first half.
Tayshawn Comer and Walker led the Colonels each with six points in the first half. Blanton recorded four rebounds and one block.
Starting in the second half, the Colonels had the ball. Tennessee recorded a steal from Moreno and Robb fouled, sending UT to the line where they scored two to extend their lead, 35-21.
With 16:52 left in the second half, Robb recorded a technical foul, marking his fifth personal foul and causing his ejection from the game.
UT went on a 14-4 run in the first four minutes of the second half to extend their lead, 48-25.
With 8:30 left in the game, EKU trailed Tennessee, 39-62.
With 7:15 left, Comer recorded his fifth personal foul, marking the second EKU player removed from the game by fouls.
Tennessee led for the rest of the game, with a final score of 84-49.
The Colonels return home on Saturday, Dec. 10 to take on Boyce College at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN+ and aired on WCYO 100.7 FM.
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