The Richmond Register

December 30, 2012

OVC HOOPS: Colonels set to wrap up road trip

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

RICHMOND — The Colonels (10-2) hit the road for the sixth and final game of their month-long road trip today when they take on West Virginia University at 4 p.m. in Morgantown W.Va.

For the second time in two weeks, fans in Richmond can catch the Colonels on television. The game can be seen on Lexington’s WTVQ-36 and on Direct TV on ROOT Sports, a regional network in Pittsburgh. The game is also available on the radio on Richmond’s WCYO 100.7 FM and on EKUSports.com.

EKU is looking to finish the pre-conference portion of its schedule on a high note against a very good West Virginia team that enters the contest with a 6-5 record and riding a two-game winning streak.

This will be the first time EKU coach Jeff Neubauer has taken his team to Morgantown, where he was an assistant on former West Virginia coach John Beilein’s staff from 2002 to 2005.

It will also be a homecoming for EKU junior walk-on Ryan Parsons who hails from Morgantown and who’s father, Mike Parsons, is WVU’s Deputy Director of Athletics.

Coach Bob Huggins’ Mountaineers are led by junior center Aaric Murray, who is averaging 11 points and 7.4 rebounds per game, but has averaged 17.5 points in West Virginia’s last two games, both wins.

Sophomore guard Juwan Staten also averages double figures with 10.5 points per game and 3.3 rebounds per game. He has been the leading scorer for the Mountaineers in four of the past nine games.

West Virginia averages 69.8 points per game and is shooting 40.5 percent from the field and 28.2 percent from behind the three point line.

The Mountaineers are also a strong rebounding team, averaging 38.9 rebounds per game and are out-rebounding their opponents by an average of 3.4 rebounds per game.

The Colonels, who are ranked 22nd in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top-25, are coming off a 73-70 win over High Point, which broke a two-game losing streak.

Senior guard Mike DiNunno is coming off back-to-back 22-point outings in the Colonels’ last two games. In the two contests, DiNunno shot 44 percent from the field and 53 percent from three-point range. He was named the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for his performances in those two games.

Junior Glenn Cosey continues to lead EKU in scoring at 16.1 points per game and is handing out 3.2 assists per game. He also is tied for second on the team in rebounding with an average of 3.5 per game