After a tough overtime loss to Xavier on Monday night, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team bounced back with a dominating win over the University of South Carolina Upstate, 95-78 on Wednesday.
The Colonels ended the first half with a strong lead, 46-28.
“That was a good team win,” head coach A.W. Hamilton said in a post game radio interview.
Fouls were an issue for both teams as 46 fouls were called in the game. That resulted in 51 foul shots being taken.
“We fouled too much,” Hamilton said. “We did too much reaching. They ran a different press breaker than we have seen this year. We had a hard time getting to our traps and then when we did we got excited and we fouled them but this was good for us. It will be a good tape to watch and clean up some of these mistakes.”
The Colonels continued to extend their lead in the second half, taking the win against USC Upstate, 95-78.
“We have to learn to be consistent with our energy for 40 minutes,” Hamilton said.
Sophomore Michael Moreno matched his career high with 18 points and six rebounds.
Junior Jomaru Brown also had a total of 18 points and two steals coming off the bench.
Junior Tre King put up 17 points and seven rebounds.
Freshman Wendell Green Jr. had 12 points, three rebounds and a team-high six assists.
EKU shot their season best of 53.7 percent from the field, while holding USC Upstate at only 34.9 percent.
The Colonels will face in-state rival Morehead State in their home opener on Monday, Dec. 7.
The Colonels start four players from Kentucky and they know how deep the Morehead State rivalry goes.
“They know how important this game is,” Hamilton said. “It’s a league game, it’s Morehead, and it’s a huge game. We finally get to come home and play in front of our fans and I can’t wait to play at home. I love McBrayer (Arena), it’s a special place to play at.”
Tip-off at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.