The Richmond Register

December 18, 2013

OVC BASKETBALL: Colonels set for return to McBrayer

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

RICHMOND — The Colonels return to the friendly confines of McBrayer Arena for the first time in almost a month when they play host to North Carolina A&T (3-7) at 7 p.m. today.

EKU (7-4) is coming off an 81-64 defeat at No. 4 Wisconsin on Saturday that concluded a four-game road swing.

Wisconsin used a 21-3 run to overcome an early first-half lead by the Colonels, then cruised to the victory.

Senior point guard Glenn Cosey had a team-high 21 points against the Badgers, while Orlando Williams added 13 points off the bench.

Cosey continues to lead EKU in scoring, averaging 19.5 points per game and ranks third in the Ohio Valley Conference in scoring and fifth in the league with 4.6 assists per game.

North Carolina A&T is coming off an 84-71 loss to East Carolina last week. The Aggies downed EKU 78-67 last season in Greensboro N.C. on their way to a 20-17 finish. They won the MEAC Tournament and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

Only two starters — 6-foot-3 senior guard Lamont Middleton and 6-foot-7 sophomore Bruce Beckford — return for the Aggies from that team.

Middleton is second on the team in scoring, averaging 16.9 points per game, and second in rebounding, averaging 4.5 boards per game.

Beckford is averaging 11.9 points and 6.9 rebounds per game.

The Aggies are led in scoring by 6-foot-3 senior guard Richaud Pack, a transfer from Florida International, who comes in averaging 17.8 rebounds and 3.6 rebounds. He is second on the team in both assists (2.3) and steals (2.3).

The Colonels and Aggies have played one common opponent. EKU defeated Longwood 76-67 on Dec. 7, while N.C. A&T downed Longwood  85-78.

The Aggies played Georgia Tech tough a couple of weeks ago before the Rambling Wreck pulled out a 78-71 win.

The Colonels enter the game with the third best turnover margin in the country at +7.2. The Aggies have turned the ball over an average of four more times per game than their opponents.

EKU is averaging holding its opponents to 66.5 points per game, while the Aggies come in averaging 67.3 points per game.