Monday, November 24, 2014

Eastern Kentucky Blisters Cincinnati-Clermont

Eastern Kentucky 115
Cincinnati-Clermont 50

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Senior forward Eric Stutz did not miss a shot and Eastern Kentucky never trailed Saturday night, defeating the University of Cincinnati Clermont College 115-50 at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels (3-0) used a 20-4 run midway through the first half to put the visiting Cougars (2-4) away.

Stutz led EKU with a career-high 23 points on a perfect 10-of-10 shooting. He made his only three-point attempt and was also 2-for-2 from the free throw line.

The 6-foot-8 Stutz dominated a smaller Cougar frontcourt, pulling in six rebounds, two of those offensive. Stutz made his first three-pointer of the season at the 17:34 mark of the second half with a long-range shot from the right wing.

Eastern Kentucky out-scored the visitors 60-16 in the paint.

The Colonels outscored Clermont 57-26 in the second half, including a 22-0 run that gave the home team a 92-28 lead.

Despite the large margin of victory, EKU as a team didn't shoot well from three-point range for most of the game. The Colonels missed their first six threes and started just 1-of-10 from outside. Eastern went into halftime making just 5-of-19 from behind the arc.

The Colonels started to heat up from outside midway through the second half, finishing 11-of-35 (31.4 percent) on the night from deep.

The Colonel pressure defense forced 32 Clermont turnovers, and led to a 43-3 advantage in points off turnovers. Redshirt sophomore guard Jaylen Babb-Harrison led Eastern with six steals and sophomore guard Isaac McGlone added five. McGlone also had seven points, seven assists and six rebounds.

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