Senior Nick Mayo hit two free throws with 5 seconds on the clock to seal the win for the EKU men’s basketball team on Thursday in McBrayer Arena. EKU defeated Austin Peay by a final score of 82-80.
EKU improves to 6-11 in the OVC and 13-17 overall this season. The Colonels are now one step closer to having a chance to compete in the OVC tournament.
Mayo led the Colonels with a team-high 31 points and nine rebounds. Freshman Jomaru Brown contributed 17 points and picked up nine assists. As a team, EKU had 21 assists, three blocks and four steals.
“Jomaru Brown played great. This was the best game he has had,” head coach A.W. Hamilton said after the game.
Austin Peay’s Terry Taylor had a solid performance, as he scored a team-high 37 points for the Governors. Going into the locker room at halftime, he had already scored 27 points.
The Colonels found a way to shut Taylor down in the second half, as he only scored 10 more points for the Governors.
The lead changed 12 times in the game, and EKU led for 23:39 of it.
Eastern found their rhythm on offense as they knocked down 52.7 percent of their field goals in the game and hit 50 percent of their three point shots. EKU held Austin Peay to 39 percent shooting from the field and 32 percent three point shooting.
“We have switched gears and we have spent so much time on offense… just making simple basketball plays,” Hamilton said.
Taylor collected 15 rebounds in the game as the Governors out-rebounded EKU 41-33.
Hamilton said after the game that his team will be focusing on boxing out and rebounding as they prepare for Morehead State on Saturday.
“We were missing box outs left and right,” Hamilton said. “We can’t give up 20 offensive rebounds and think we are going to win a game.”
Eastern Kentucky will tip off against in-state rival Morehead State on Saturday at 7 p.m. in McBrayer Arena.
“It will be a different type of game plan and we will be ready,” Hamilton said.