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1st 2nd Final
Eastern Kentucky 31 42 73
4-0 (0-0 OVC)
Southern Utah 34 30 64
0-4 (0-0 Big Sky)

Team Statistics

EKU SUU
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
12 Assists 12
11 Turnovers 18
Points off TO
Pts in the Paint
Fastbreak Pts
Bench Pts

Tempo Tracker (Possessions)

Four Factors

Learn more in our tempo-free stats primer

Eastern Kentucky offense

Southern Utah offense

 Top Performers

EKU SUU
Points: Walden (33) Hess (15)
Rebounds: Stutz (11) Hess, Langston (5)
Assists: Walden, Knipp (3) Parsons (4)
Steals: Hood, Walden (2) Hess (3)

Bullet Points

  • 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

Rapid Reactions

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.

 

Recap

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.


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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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