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College basketball games may be 40 minutes long, but often, games are won an lost from just one run by one team. Some people would say that I’m overstating things. But often, two teams play even, with the exception of just a few minutes.

That’s the story of Eastern Kentucky’s opener

For Mississippi State, that run came just 5 minutes in. After Timmy Knipp hit a 3-point shot to cut the lead to 2, Mississippi State went on a 10-2 run, taking a 20-10 lead. After that run, the Colonels played the Bulldogs even point for point. But when you’re trailing by 10, point-for-point doesn’t cover it. The Bulldogs answered every time the Colonels would bring the game within six, never allowing Eastern Kentucky to bring the game to within a basket.

The preseason All-SEC selection Dee Bost. led the way for the Bulldogs with 23 points, 6 rebounds, and 6 assists, but he did turn the ball over 5 times. In fact, one of the most encouraging stats: EKU won the turnover battle 14-10. A less encouraging stat: The Colonels lost the rebounding battle 40-27.

4 players scored in double digits for the Colonels, led by 13 from Joshua Jones. Jones also had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and 3 steals in the loss. Mike DiNunno added 10 points, but missed 13 shots, 9 from 3-point range. If you take out his 2-11 performance behind the arc, the Colonels hit 8 of 22 (36%).

Player of The Game:Bost, hands down. 7-15 shooting, 4-8 from 3-point range, and he played 37 minutes for the Bulldogs, who only played 7 players all game.

The Difference:EKU struggled to hit 3’s in the first half, but they didn’t even get the free throw line until the last minute. They only shot 6 free throws the entire game, versus 19 for Mississippi State. I know that the Colonels offense isn’t really set up to draw a lot of fouls, but you have to get to the line more than that.

Next Game:Eastern Kentucky travels to Winthorp on Saturday


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OVC Ball
Predicting the OVC race…in mid-December

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVCOverall

EAST

Belmont8-014-4
Morehead State6-310-12
Tennessee Tech5-39-14
Jacksonville State5-413-11
Tennessee State4-413-8
Eastern Kentucky2-69-14

WEST

UT Martin5-315-8
Murray State5-311-11
SEMO5-310-13
Austin Peay3-57-15
Eastern Illinois1-79-12
SIUE0-85-17
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