Nick Mayo becomes EKU's all time leading scorer

Senior Nick Mayo shoots over the Xavier defender. Mayo broke EKU's all time scoring record on Saturday night against Xavier. 

Senior Nick Mayo became the all-time leading scorer in Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball history on Saturday night in the Colonels’ 95-77 loss at Xavier.

Mayo finished the game with 25 points, six rebounds, two assists and a career-high five steals. His three-pointer at the 10:58 mark of the first half gave him 1,835 career points, moving him past Matt Witt (2002-06) to No. 1 on EKU’s all-time scoring list.

The native of Oakland, Maine finished the night 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from deep.

Freshman Jomaru Brown came off the bench to tally 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half. He also dished out a career-high five assists.

Junior Dujuanta Weaver drained a career-high five three-pointers and finished with 15 points. 

Quentin Goodin led six Musketeers in double figures with 16 points and 10 assists.

EKU (6-5) forced Xavier into 27 turnovers and scored 31 points off those miscues. The Colonels, however, shot only 33 percent from the free throw line (5-of-15).

Eastern grabbed its largest lead of the night, 23-16, when Mayo buried a three-pointer at the 10:22 mark of the first half. Soon after, Mayo went to the bench with his second foul, and Xavier took advantage. 

The Musketeers outscored the Colonels, 31-10, over the final 10 minutes of the first half, and a jumper by Naji Marshall at the buzzer sent Xavier into the locker room at halftime up by 14, 47-33.

With Mayo back on the court to start the second half, EKU opened on a 7-0 run. A triple by Mayo cut the lead to seven, 47-40, less than two minutes into the half. 

That was as close as EKU would get, though. A three-point play by Goodin at the 10:08 mark capped a 26-9 run and gave the Musketeers a 24-point advantage, 73-49. They stretched that lead all the way to 27. But EKU kept battling, trimming it down to 14 – 91-77 – on a dunk by Brown with just over a minute to play.

EKU returns to action next Saturday, December 22, when the Colonels travel to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne at 2 p.m. ET.

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