Monday, January 5, 2015

Eastern Kentucky Closes Non-Conference Schedule with a Win Over South Carolina State

Eastern Kentucky 63
South Carolina State 52

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky rang in the New Year with a convincing 63-52 win over South Carolina State Saturday evening in McBrayer Arena. This was the final regular season non-conference game for the Colonels.

Eastern (8-5) never trailed as the Colonels scored the first 15 points. Five different players lit up the scoring sheet during the opening spurt.

South Carolina State (4-12) missed its first eight shots and turned the ball over five times before finally making a bucket with 12:29 left in the first half.

The Bulldogs hung around in the opening 20 minutes thanks to grabbing 11 offensive rebounds and tallying 13 second-chance points. However, a strong first half from senior Eric Stutz, 12 points on 6-for-6 shooting, helped EKU take a 35-24 advantage into intermission.

The Colonels stretched their lead to a game-high 21 points, 51-30, following senior Timmy Knipp's lay-in with 12:41 remaining. South Carolina State, which was held below 60 points for the 12th time, would only get as close as 11 points the rest of the way.

Stutz and junior Denzel Richardson each produced a game-high 18 points. Stutz netted 80 percent (8-of-10) of his field goal attempts while Richardson chipped in with a career-best four three-pointers.

For South Carolina State, Darryl Palmer was the only player in double figures with 16 tallies.

The Colonels begin Ohio Valley Conference play on Thursday at Tennessee-Martin. Tip-off against the 8-5 Skyhawks is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.

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