The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team earned their eighth consecutive win of the season after defeating UT Martin on Thursday, 113-73.
“I’m going to sound like a broken record but I can’t tell you enough, this is a special group of people, they are talented but they love each other,” head coach A.W. Hamilton said. “The chemistry these guys have is incredible and it shows on the court.”
The Colonels were able to keep the lead for the majority of the first half and go into halftime with an advantage, 46-39.
Coming out after the half, the Colonels continued to extend their lead and roll to a 113-73 victory.
“We have faced so much adversity and we’re going to face so much more,” Hamilton said.
The Colonels missed a few familiar faces in tonight's game; Tre King, Tariq Balogun, Cheike Faye and Peyton Broughton due to medical reasons.
“This year has been a year where everyone has to step up… it has to be a collective effort,” Michael Moreno said.
Wendell Green Jr. racked up the most points tonight for the Colonels with 25 and had four assists.
Moreno was right behind him with 23 points.
“Forcing 22 turnovers is exactly what we want,” Moreno said.
Curt Lewis had 19 points and four rebounds.
Devontae Blanton also had 19 points and five rebounds.
EKU was able to break 100 points for the seventh time since Hamilton has coached. The Colonels have improved their record 13-2 and 7-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
This is the best OVC start for the EKU men’s basketball team in 56 years.
“I can’t put into words how great these young people are,” Hamilton said.
EKU shot 60 percent from the field while holding the Skyhawks to 42.4 percent.
The Colonels made 20 three-pointers, tying an OVC record and the most ever by an EKU team against a Division-I opponent.
The Colonels will be back on Saturday against Southeast Missouri at McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m. The game will be streamed on ESPN+.