Coming off of a long trip to Los Angeles to take on No. 15 University of Southern California (USC) earlier in the week, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team looked to bounce back at home against Marshall.

A cold shooting night for the Colonels, 39% from the field, led to the Colonels fifth straight loss, 80-69. This is the longest losing streak for the Colonels since Dec. 2018. With the loss, EKU's record falls to 5-6 on the season.

EKU guard Jomaru Brown led all scorers with 23 points and tallied six steals, while Russhard Cruickshank added 11 points. Devontae Blanton scored 10 points and dished a team-high five assists. Cooper Robb led EKU with 11 rebounds and seven points.

“I just wanted to stay aggressive and keep my teammates involved,” Brown said. “This five game losing streak is definitely tough, but we are definitely going to turn it around. We just have to get back to the drawing board, practice, and keep practicing hard.”

The Colonels were out-rebounded, 53-30. The Thundering Herd also held the Colonels to 5-of-26 shooting from three-point range. The lack of three point shots and difficulty rebounding catch the attention of EKU head coach A.W. Hamilton.

“They (Marshall) did a really good job attacking the offensive glass,” Hamilton said. “We give up 17 offensive rebounds, that’s a glaring number to me.”

Hamilton said his team has to do a better job being relentless on the backboard and find ways to rebound. The Colonels only attempted 26 threes, which is an area Hamilton wants to see improved.

“This is probably the least amount of threes we shot in a basketball game this year,” Hamilton said.

EKU scored 25 points off 22 Thundering Herd turnovers. For the game, EKU shot 39.2% (29-of-74) from the field against Marshall's 48.6% (35-of-72).

A positive from the loss for Hamilton was the performance from Brown. Brown missed the previous game at the USC and had limited playing time early in the season due to a suspension.

"The real positive to take away from tonight is that Jomaru Brown played like Jomaru Brown," Hamilton said.

Hamilton said his team still has a lot to learn and It will take some time, but he is confident they will get back on track.

The Colonels will look to break their losing streak when they host Midway on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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