OVC Ball Statbox
|4-1 (0-0 OVC)|
|5-2 (0-0 WCC)|
|24/49 (49.0%)||Field Goals||32/55 (58.2%)|
|9/24 (37.5%)||3-Point FG||15/28 (53.6%)|
|19/23 (82.6%)||Free Throws||11/15 (73.3%)|
|21 (5/16)||Rebounds (O/D)||32 (10/22)|
|2nd Chance Pts|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Eastern Kentucky offense
|Points:||Powell (23)||Haws (26)|
|Rebounds:||Knipp (5)||Winder (5)|
|Assists:||Walden (7)||Collinsworth (5)|
|Steals:||Walden, Muff (2)||Collinsworth (3)|
- Eastern Kentucky was down just two points at the half, but a 30-8 BYU run in the second put the Colonels away.
- EKU continues to force turnovers: 19 against BYU. The Colonels are forcing more than 20 a game on the season.
- Ja’Mill Powell scores a career-high 23 points on 7-13 shooting from the field.
Make no mistake: BYU is a very good team. You’re obviously encouraged by the Colonels play in the first half, but the defense just wasn’t there in the second. We’ve kind of seen shades of this: EKU is very good at forcing turnovers, they’re not so good when teams are able to get off a shot. Four starters finish with double-digit scoring, which is something we’ve been waiting for a bit: it’s been the Corey Walden show in EKU’s division I games to this point. You never want to lose, but there’s still a lot to like about the Colonels so far this year.
Eastern Kentucky trailed by only two at halftime, but Brigham Young University used a 30-8 run early in the second half to pull away for a 90-76 victory on Saturday in Provo, Utah.
The Cougars led by six, 23-17, before the Colonels scored six straight, including four by Corey Walden, to tie the game with 4:40 left in the first half. Ja’Mill Powell’s bucket at the 3:14 mark gave Eastern a 27-26 lead. His three-pointer with less than a minute left in the opening stanza knotted the score 30-30. Frank Barley’s bucket with 37 seconds on the clock sent BYU to the locker room in front by two, 32-30.
Powell scored EKU’s first three points of the second half and his basket with 18:30 left in the game got the visitors within one, 34-33. However, the Cougars answered with nine straight to begin the game-changing 30-8 run. BYU had a stretch where seven consecutive field goals came from three-point range. The Cougars hit 9-of-12 from behind the arc to start the half.
Tyler Haws three-pointer with 11:12 left in the game finished off BYU’s streak of seven straight from deep and put his team up 64-41.
Powell led Eastern Kentucky with a career-best 23 points. He connected on 7-of-13 from the field, including 3-of-5 from three-point range. Walden finished with 15 points, seven assists and two steals. Haws had a game best 26 for BYU. He made 4-of-8 from behind the arc. Chase Fischer added 20 points.
The Cougars went 15-of-28 from three-point range and shot 58 percent from the field for the game.
EKU committed a season-high 17 turnovers while BYU turned it over 19 times.
The Colonels will return home to host Valparaiso University on Wednesday. Tipoff at McBrayer Arena is secheduled for 7 p.m.
Recap section provided by Eastern Kentucky Sports Information