Friday, February 20, 2015

Eastern Kentucky Comes Up Short at Belmont

Belmont 66
Eastern Kentucky 61

Final from Nashville, Tennessee

Game recap by EKU:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky led Belmont with just over a minute left to play before falling 66-61 on Thursday in Nashville.

EKU senior Corey Walden missed the game due to a minor injury.

After a lay-up by Eric Stutz gave Eastern a 61-58 lead, the Bruins scored the final eight points of the game as the Colonels made just one of their final 11 shot attempts.

Timmy Knipp finished with a team-best 18 points for the Colonels (16-10, 8-5 OVC). Isaac McGlone scored a career-high 14 points and had five steals. Eric Stutz contributed 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.

Craig Bradshaw had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Belmont (17-10, 9-5 OVC).

Eastern Kentucky committed eight fewer turnovers and out-scored Belmont 30-5 off turnovers, but the Bruins knocked down 11 three-pointers.

The two teams exchanged a pair of long runs to start the second half. EKU opened the second stanza with a 12-2 run. A long jumper by Deverin Muff capped it and had the Colonels on top 47-31 with 15 minutes left to play.

Belmont answered with a 20-3 run to turn that 16-point deficit into a one-point lead. Caleb Chowbay's three-pointer with 10:39 to play finished it off and gave the home squad a 51-50 advantage. Chowbay's trey was the fifth Bruin three-pointer during the run.

Belmont hit four 3-pointers in the first 3:27 of the game to jump out to a 12-7 lead. The Bruins would only hit one more triple the rest of the half. EKU was down 14-9 before going on a 22-5 run. Belmont went almost four minutes without scoring during the run. A tip-in by Stutz and a three-pointer by Knipp from the right wing capped it and gave the visitors a 31-19 lead with 5:19 left in the first half.

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