The Richmond Register

January 26, 2013

OVC HOOPS: Colonels, Lady Colonels set for another shot at Belmont

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

RICHMOND — The Colonels (16-4, 6-1 OVC) have their second chance in just over a week to grab a spot at the top of the OVC East standings when Belmont (16-4, 7-0 OVC) invades McBrayer Arena at 7 p.m. today.

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

After their win over Tennessee State Thursday, the Colonels are alone in second place in the east with their 6-1 record, one game behind the 7-0 Bruins who squeaked out a one-point win over Morehead on Thursday.

The two teams played nine-days ago in Nashville and the Bruins handed the Colonels their lone conference loss, 83-76.

In that game, EKU used a 17-6 run to come back from a 17-point first-half deficit to take a lead in the second half.

But after the Colonels went up by four at 69-65 with 6:39 left in the game, Belmont went on a 12-0 run to pull ahead and despite back-to-back three pointers by Mike Dinunno that pulled the Colonels to within two points late, the Bruins were able to hang on for the win.

Belmont enters the game leading the OVC in scoring, averaging 76.6 points per game, scoring margin (+13.7), field goal percentage (48.5 percent) and field goal percentage defense (39.4 percent).

Lady Colonels

For the first time in their 41-year history, the Lady Colonels (10-7, 4-2 OVC) will play the same team in consecutive games when Belmont (12-8, 7-1 OVC) comes to McBrayer arena at 4 p.m. today.

The game can be heard on WEKY 1340 AM.

The two teams played Monday in Nashville with the Lady Bruins coming away with a 65-49 win over the Lady Colonels.

EKU will try to atone for a second-half drought that allowed the Belmont to come from behind after the Lady Colonels led the entire first half and by as many as five points in the second half.

But after taking the 38-33 lead on a Miranda Maples three pointer, the Lady Colonels managed only four points over the next 13 minutes as the Lady Bruins went on a 23-4 run to pull away for the win.

In that game, Alex Jones had her second consecutive double-double, scoring 11 points and pulling down 13 rebounds. That put her alone in second place on the EKU career double-double list with 30.

Freshman Miranda Maples had a career-high eight points off the bench against Belmont.

The Lady Bruins have won five consecutive games.