The first week of classes was full of awards and college basketball for Eastern Kentucky University athletics.

On Monday, Jan. 13, EKU men’s basketball sophomore guard, Jomaru Brown, was named Ohio Valley Conference player of the week by College Sports Madness. Brown has improved in many aspects of his game and averaging 17.1 points per game.

The 2020 Beach Volleyball schedule was released, and this will be the first season that beach volleyball is an Ohio Valley Conference sport which gives the team an opportunity to play for an OVC championship.

Head Coach Johnna Bazzani said, “We are making history here at EKU being a part of the first beach volleyball program.” EKU will compete in five tournaments and not including the OVC Beach Tournament which will be hosted at Austin Peay.

On Tuesday, Jan. 14, EKU football senior defensive linemen, Aaron Patrick, was chosen for the Walter Camp All-American Team. Patrick has a career total of 27.5 sacks, 84 solo tackles and 95 assisting tackles.

EKU women’s basketball also saw recognition this week when EKU redshirt junior center, I’Liyah Green, was named OVC Newcomer of the week for the second time this year. Green is averaging 11 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game, and one steal per game. 

On Wednesday, Jan. 15 Matt Roan was announced as new Director of Athletics. Roan will begin his responsibilities as director at the beginning of February.

“It’s not going to be easy,” Roan said at his introduction ceremony at the EKU Center for the Arts. “It’s going to take a lot of hard work. Just like the great people of Eastern Kentucky we’re going to be relentless in our pursuit of success.” 

On Thursday, Jan. 16 the EKU men’s and women’s basketball teams took to the road to take on Belmont in Nashville.

The men's team fought hard the entire game, taking the lead at first but were not able to hang on against Belmont. The Colonels fall to 3-2 in the OVC after the 87-56 loss.

The women's team was able to keep up with Belmont from the beginning but fell short by a final score of 48-37. 

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