Wednesday, December 24, 2014

EKU's Corey Walden Named OVC Player of the Week Following Win at Miami (FL)

Eastern Kentucky's Corey Walden was named co-OVC Player of the Week on Monday.

Walden scored 18 points in a stunning 72-44 win over No. 18 Miami (FL). He also had 13 points, 5 rebounds and 4 steals against ETSU.

adidas® OVC Players of the Week

CO-PLAYER

Corey Walden, G • Sr., 6-2, 189 • Daytona Beach, Fla. • Eastern Kentucky

Walden helped Eastern Kentucky to a 72-44 victory at No. 18 Miami (Fla.) last week, marking just the second win over a Top 25 opponent for the Colonels program all-time and the second-largest margin of victory for an OVC team over a Top 25 team. The senior hit 7-of-12 field goals on his way to 18 points against the nationally-ranked Hurricanes; he also added five rebounds, two assists and two steals in the victory. Walden also nailed two long 3-pointers in the final five minutes of the game as EKU outscored Miami 45-19 in the second half. The senior added 13 points, five rebounds, four steals and three assists to start the week against East Tennessee State. For the week Walden averaged 15.5 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 steals and 2.5 assists/game while hitting 54.5 percent (12-of-22) from the field, 44.4 percent (4-of-9) from 3-point range and 75 percent (3-of-4) from the free throw line. Walden currently ranks first in the OVC in steals (2.9/game), third in scoring (17.3 points/game fifth in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.9) and seventh in assists (3.9/game) and minutes played (32.0/game).

CO-PLAYER

Deville Smith, G • Sr., 6-0, 175 • Jackson, Miss. • UT Martin

Smith, the transfer from UNLV, accomplished something that no other Division I player had done against a Division I team since the 1999-00 season last Monday in an overtime win at Illinois-Chicago. The senior was the first Division I player to have a stat line of at least 25 points, five assists, five rebounds, five blocks and three steals since Minnesota's Joel Przybilla did on January 12, 2000 against Iowa. Smith had 26 points, seven assists, six rebounds, five blocks and three steals as the Skyhawks won its fifth road game of the season (the most of any Division I team so far this year). Smith added 16 points, four rebounds and two steals in a road loss to Illinois State and capped the week with 23 points (on 5-of-9 3-point shooting), nine assists, a block and steal in a home win over Presbyterian. That marked the team's seventh win of the season, giving the program its best start (7-3) since 2001-02. For the week Smith averaged 21.7 points, 5.7 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.0 blocks/game while hitting 52.3 percent (23-of-44) from the field. Smith currently ranks second in the OVC in minutes played (34.7/game), third in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.0), fourth in assists (4.9/game), seventh in scoring (14.3 points/game), eighth in steals (1.9/game) and ninth in blocked shots (1.1/game).

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