Sunday, November 29, 2015

Eastern Kentucky Knocks Off Southern Utah for 5th Straight Win

Eastern Kentucky 98
Southern Utah 84

Final from Richmond, Kentucky

Game recap by EKU:

RICHMOND, Ky. - Senior K.J. Bluford came off the bench in the first half to knock down four three-pointers on four straight possessions, giving the Eastern Kentucky University men's basketball team a cushion it would never relinquish in a 98-85 victory over Southern Utah on Saturday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.

EKU trailed in the first half, 12-11, until junior Jaylen Babb-Harrison connected on a three that put the Colonels up 14-12 with 12:47 showing on the clock. With Eastern still clinging to a 19-17 lead, Bluford blew the game open by sinking four consecutive three-pointers to extend the margin to 31-19 at the 7:29 mark.

The Colonels had a nine point lead at halftime, 42-33. Freshman Nick Mayo scored the first basket of the second half to extend the margin to 11 points. EKU maintained a double digit lead the rest of the game.

Senior Jarelle Reischel's offensive rebound and put-back with 8:11 left in the game gave Eastern Kentucky its largest lead of 19 points, 78-59.

Junior JaVontae Hawkins led Eastern in scoring with 20 points. He also grabbed six boards, dished three assists and came up with three steals. Reischel was close behind with 19 points, followed by Mayo at 18. Bluford went 4-for-7 from three-point range and finished with 14 points.

Complete Recap

NOTE: The Colonels are currently averaging 93.7 points per game, which ranks 6th in the nation.

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