EKU men's basketball wins a close game against USC Upstate 79-77

Peyton Broughton dunks over two USC Upstate defenders on Wed. night. EKU defeated Upstate by a final of 79-77. (Cameron Flester) 

The University of South Carolina Upstate rolled into Richmond on Wednesday night to face the EKU men’s basketball team.

EKU came away with a two point victory over Upstate by a final score of 79-77.

Senior Nick Mayo has been leading the Colonels all season, but in this game Mayo didn’t perform like normal. He still finished with a team high 14 points and seven rebounds, but Mayo has been averaging 24 point per game and nine rebounds.

“Our superstar (Mayo) didn’t play well, but the thing I’m proud of is we still found a way to win and the other guys did a really good job,” head coach A.W. Hamilton said after the win.

Tre Weaver and Lachlan Anderson had stand out games for the Colonels. They both scored 12 points. Anderson had seven rebounds and one assist. Anderson was also active on defense as he stole the ball twice and had three blocks. Weaver had six rebounds and four assists.

All around EKU was active and hustling for loose balls and Hamilton liked his teams overall effort.

“We were active and getting in the passing lanes, making the rotations and then we got 70 deflections so in the effort column, we did really good,” Hamilton said.

One of Eastern’s key deflections in the game was when Kelvin Robinson deflected a pass with 9.2 seconds remaining in the game. The ball went out of bounds with .3 on the clock and EKU was able to hold on to the two point lead.  

EKU shot 35 percent in the game, but still found a way to pull out the victory. Hamilton said after the game that not many teams in the country will be able to do that, but he was happy about the number of steals, turnovers forced and deflections his team was able to get.

The Colonels finished with 14 steals, eight blocks, 16 assists and forced 26 turnovers.

Overall, Hamilton said after the game that his main focus this week in practice will be having his team find open players on the perimeter once they get into the lane.

Eastern is now 5-4 on the season. EKU will be back in action at home this Saturday against in-state foe Northern Kentucky. Tip off is scheduled for 6 p.m.  

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