After starting Ohio Valley Conference play 0-4, EKU men’s basketball rolled over University of Tennessee-Martin on Thursday night by a final of 97-73. This was the first OVC game in McBrayer Arena for the Colonels this season.
All eyes were on senior Nick Mayo as three NBA scouts were in attendance. The Dallas Mavericks, Detroit Pistons and Brooklyn Nets were at the game watching Mayo. Mayo was also 16 points shy of hitting 2,000 points for his career. Mayo finished just short with 13 points in the game.
Four Colonels scored in double figures including Mayo. EKU was led by Dujuanta Weaver with 18 points. Weaver also finished with 4 rebounds and assists.
From the start Eastern had their foot on the gas. EKU turned UT Martin over 23 times and that led to 32 points for EKU.
Taking care of the ball was head coach A.W. Hamilton’s message before the game. Coming into the game on Thursday, the Colonels had turned the ball over a total of 68 times in the past four OVC games. Eastern only turned the ball over 13 times against the Skyhawks.
“We took care of the ball today. We had 25 assists and only 13 turnovers. We were sharing and that stuff is contagious,” Hamilton said after the game.
Hamilton was happy to get his first OVC win and he was happy with his team's performance.
“I’m proud of our guys,” Hamilton said.
“What a team win. We got contributions from just about everybody,” Hamilton said.
Eastern Kentucky’s next game is this weekend as Southeast Missouri visits Richmond on Saturday. Tipoff in McBrayer Arena is set for 7:30 p.m.