OVC Ball Statbox
|4-0 (0-0 OVC)|
|0-4 (0-0 Big Sky)|
|22/61 (36.1%)||Field Goals||22/52 (42.3%)|
|10/30 (33.3%)||3-Point FG||6/19 (31.6%)|
|19/23 (82.6%)||Free Throws||14/20 (70.0%)|
|38 (11/27)||Rebounds (O/D)||37 (6/31)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Eastern Kentucky offense
Southern Utah offense
|Points:||Walden (33)||Hess (15)|
|Rebounds:||Stutz (11)||Hess, Langston (5)|
|Assists:||Walden, Knipp (3)||Parsons (4)|
|Steals:||Hood, Walden (2)||Hess (3)|
- Eastern Kentucky used a 20-4 second half run to turn the game in their favor. EKU led big early, before trailing at the half.
- EKU forced just 18 turnovers a season-low. (Every team would love for 18 to be their season-low…)
- Corey Walden scored a career-high 33 points, joining the 1,000 point club for his career
- Thunderbirds may be the second best school nickname, following only the San Diego Torrerros
Hey! An actual, competitive game! Sure, Southern Utah is 0-4 on the season, but a road-win is a road-win.
I’m worried about EKU’s offense. I don’t care about the guady numbers they put up against two non-Division I teams, they’ve struggled to score against their two Division I opponents — especially in the half-court. Take out Walden’s 10-17 performance, and the rest of the team shot just 12-44 (27.2%) from the field, and 5-24 (20.8%) from three-point range.
The defense is still scary, though. While it wasn’t in the 30’s, most teams would love to force 18 turnovers in a game.
Fact is — they’ve still yet to be challenged. Their game at BYU Saturday will be their toughest yet.
Trailing by eight early in the second half, Eastern Kentucky scored 12 straight to key a 20-4 run on its way to a 73-64 victory at Southern Utah.
Corey Walden scored a career-best and game-high 33 points. His lay-up at the 4:55 mark of the second half made the senior the 33rd player to score 1,000 points as a Colonel. He made 10-of-17 from the field, 5-of-6 from three-point range and 8-of-10 from the stripe. He also had three assists and two steals.
Timmy Knipp scored 13 points, all in the second half. Eric Stutz pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Eastern was behind 42-34 when a three-point barrage began the game-changing run. Jonathan Hood got it started, Knipp hit one, then Walden and another from Knipp for 12 unanswered. Two free throws by Walden finished off what became a 20-4 run.
After making just 27 percent of its three-pointers in the first half, the Colonels made 6-of-15 in the second for 40 percent. EKU out-rebounded the home team 38-37 and committed seven fewer turnovers.
SSU made 52 percent of its first half shots, but connected on just 33 percent in the second, including only 3-of-11 from behind the arc.
Southern Utah scored the first basket of the game to put Eastern behind for the first time all season. The Colonels trailed 5-2 before using a 15-2 run to take a 10-point lead. Jaylen Babb-Harrison had and old-fashioned three-point play and Walden and Hood each drained a three-pointer during the run.
The Thunderbirds answered with a 15-4 run to tie the game 24-24. The home squad used a late 7-0 first half run to build edge in front 32-30 and took a 34-31 lead into the break at the half.
The Colonels continue their two-game road trip on Saturday at BYU. The two teams entered Wednesday’s games as the top-2 scoring teams in the nation. Tip-off in Provo, Utah is scheduled for 9:30 p.m. ET.