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November 30, 2013

OVC BASKETBALL: Colonels open tough road stretch at N.C. State

RICHMOND — The Colonels (6-1) begin the toughest part of their non-conference schedule tonight when they take on Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) power North Carolina State (3-2) at 8 p.m. in Raleigh NC.

The game can be seen live on ESPN3 and heard on WCYO 100.7 FM and at EKUSports.com.

Following the tilt with the Wolfpack, the Colonels have consecutive road games at No. 24 ranked Virginia Commonwealth, Longwood and No. 10 ranked Wisconsin over the next two weeks, before returning home on Dec. 18 to take on North Carolina A&T.

This will be the first meeting between N.C. State and EKU since Jan. 23 1960. The two have played 10 previous times, with the Wolfpack winning all but one of those games.

The Colonels have won their last four games, including a 95-56 blowout of Brescia University a week ago in McBrayer Arena.

EKU leading scorer, senior Glenn Cosey led the way in the win over Brescia with 20 point, the fourth time this year he has scored 20 or more points in a game.

Three other players, Orlando Williams (15), Marcus Lewis (14) and Eric Stutz also scored in double figures in the game.

Cosey continues to be the team’s leader in points per game at 19.7 per contest, assists (5.3) and is also pulling down an average of 4.4 rebounds per game.

Lewis is second on the team in scoring at 13.9 points per game, while Walden is averaging 11.4 points and 2.7 assists per game and Williams is adding 11.4 points per game.

Stutz continued his recent stellar play against Brescia and is providing a much needed inside presence after working himself into playing shape coming off an offseason foot injury.

The Colonels will need his rebounding as well as a big night on the boards from the guards against a Wolfpack team that comes in outrebounding their opponents by an average of three rebounds per game.

EKU has been outrebounded by its opponents this season by an average of almost four per game.

N.C. State bounced back from a surprising loss at home to North Carolina Central on Nov. 20 by soundly beating Florida Gulf Coast 82-62.

In that game, the two teams combined to shoot 78 free throws. NCCU shot an incredible 41-45 from the charity stripe.

Four N.C. State starters fouled out of the game.

The Wolfpack outrebounded the Eagles by 18 and scored 17 second-chance points off 13 offensive rebounds.

N.C. State is led by T.J. Warren who enters the game averaging 21.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game.

Anthony Barber and Desmond Lee are averaging 13.2 points per game, while Rolston Turner is adding 9.2 points per game.

The Colonels will also have to matchup with State’s 7-foot-one center Jordan Vandenburg who made his season debut against N.C. Central.

The game also features one of the nation’s best teams at creating turnovers against a team that protects the ball very well.

Through seven games, EKU has forced its opponents into an average of 19.1 turnovers per game, while N.C. State comes in averaging only 10.2 turnovers per game.

 

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