Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Late Eastern Kentucky Rally Comes Up Short Against ETSU

East Tennessee State 63
Eastern Kentucky 60

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Even though they trailed by 18 points with 7:37 left, the Colonels never backed down and nearly fought their way back to a win over East Tennessee Tuesday night. However, the visiting Buccaneers held on for a 63-60 victory.

Eastern Kentucky (5-4) actually had three chances to tie or take the lead in the final minute of action. Trailing by two, 62-60, sophomore Jaylen Babb-Harrison missed a three-pointer from the right wing with 45 seconds remaining.

After ETSU (6-2) missed a lay-up with 18 seconds showing on the clock, Eastern set up for another chance to even the score. This time, the Bucs' zone defense forced a Colonel turnover with five ticks left. ETSU's Devin Harris only made 1-of-2 free throws on the ensuing possession allowing EKU one final opportunity to extend the game.

With 2.0 seconds to work with on the clock, senior Timmy Knipp caught the inbounds pass near midcourt and found fellow senior Corey Walden on the right wing. Walden had to pump fake before getting off a shot and by that time the final horn had sounded.

Senior Eric Stutz led the Colonels with 13 points and eight rebounds. Walden added 13 points and four steals.

For ETSU, Rashawn Rembert tallied a game-high 30 points thanks to making a personal-high nine three-pointers. Lambert hit 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) three-point attempts in the first half as the Bucs took a 33-26 lead into intermission.

In the second half, three consecutive three-pointers by ETSU helped the visitors extend its lead to 57-41. A Rembert fast-break lay-up with 7:37 left pushed the advantage to 59-41.

From there, EKU rattled off 11 straight points, keyed by two Denzel Richardson three-pointers and another by Walden, to cut the deficit to seven points, 59-52, with 4:39 remaining.

The Buccaneers were able to stretch the lead back to 10 one more time, but the Colonels rolled off eight in a row, capped by a Walden trifecta, to close the gap to two, 62-60, with 1:39 still to play.

East Tennessee tied a school record with 15 three-pointers.

The Colonels will leave later this week for a two-game road trip to South Florida. EKU plays at No. 18 Miami on Friday at 7 p.m. The trip ends with a game at Florida Atlantic on Monday in Boca Raton.

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