By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Colonels (3-1) matched an OVC record Wednesday hitting 20 three-pointers in their 114-45 blowout of Warren Wilson College (2-4) in the home opener at McBrayer Arena.
EKU shot a blistering 61.5 percent (40-65) from the field and 51.3 percent (20-39) from behind the arc in the game.
Impressive as the shooting was, the defense was even better, completely smothering the Owls all night.
The Colonels forced Warren Wilson into a total of 32 turnovers. They also came up with 24 steals, which they converted into 31 fast-break points.
EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said he was happy with the way his team stayed focused even after getting a big early lead.
“I was really pleased with how our guys really locked into their job and did not let Warren Wilson run their offense. That’s why we forced 32 turnovers and had 24 steals, because guys were really locked in,” Neubauer said. “That is what we expect from our team. And I loved how our team stayed with it in the second half. We played 40 minutes of defense, even when our bench guys — Herb Harrison, Ryan Parsons and Tommy Matthews — got in there.”
Glenn Cosey and Orlando Williams led the way for the Colonels. Cosey led all scorers with 26 points, including 6-of-10 threes. He also had three rebounds and nine assists, while committing no turnovers in the game.
Williams had his EKU career-high with 22 points, including 5-of-7 threes. He also had four rebounds, four assists and four steals.
“For Glenn to have a nine assist-no turnover game is really special. He also had eight and no turnovers against FIU. That means he’s taking care of the basketball and getting all his teammates involved,” Neubauer said. “Orlando played a remarkable game today. This is as well as I’ve seen him play. For him to lead us in rebounding is important and he also had four assists and no turnovers. When he plays like this, he makes us a very special team.”
The Colonels used a 22-0 run to break a 3-3 tie and take control of the game early, then had another 29-4 run on their way to a 61-17 halftime lead.
With the defense continuing its dominance and the red-hot shooting continuing in the second half, the Colonels eventually pushed their lead out to as many as 71 points late in the contest.
Three other Colonels also scored in double figures. Sophomore Timmy Knipp had a career-high 20 points, including 4-of-5 threes, while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out four assists.
Marcus Lewis finished with 13 points, including three highlight-reel dunks that sent the large crowd into a frenzy, while Tarius Johnson added 11 points.
Neubauer saluted the big crowd which stayed to the end, even in the blowout.
“This crowd tonight was excellent and they did a great job of sticking around. It was a spectacular night of our fans being here and staying here,” Neubauer said. “Hopefully they liked what they saw here tonight and will come back Saturday. We have a very difficult game with High Point, which was picked to win their conference and has aspirations of playing in the NCAA Tournament just like we do. Hopefully we’ll get a good crowd Saturday as well.”
The Colonels and Panthers tip off at 8 p.m. Saturday in McBrayer Arena.