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December 8, 2012

OVC HOOPS: Undefeated Colonels set to take on Mocs

RICHMOND — Bob Flynn

Register Sports Writer

The Colonels put their eight-game winning streak on the line tonight at 7 p.m. on the road against the Chattanooga Moccasins (2-5).

EKU is coming off its first road win, 63-57 over North Carolina Central Tuesday in Durham N.C.

The win gave EKU its longest winning streak since the 1964-65 team won 10 straight, and keeps the Colonels as one of only three remaining unbeaten mid-major teams and the only unbeaten OVC team.

The Colonels and Moccasins have only met one other time, a 68-54 Chattanooga win in the championship game of the 2009 Dr. Pepper Classic.

The Colonels will have their hands full tonight with a team that leads the Southern Conference in rebounding and comes into the game averaging 10 more rebounds per game than its opponents.

The Colonels have been out-rebounded by an average of 4.7 rebounds per game this season and have struggled on the offensive glass.

The Moccasins on the other hand have grabbed 12 more offensive rebounds than their opponents in each of their seven games this season.

Chattanooga is led by their inside tandem of 6-foot-5  Z. Mason, who averages 11.7 points, 6.9 rebounds per game and 6-foot-9 Drazen Zlovaric, who is averaging 9.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game, and 6-foot-5 freshman guard Gee McGhee who is averaging 10 points per game.

One of the Colonels’ strengths all season has been its pressure defense, which has forced opponents into 8.4 more turnovers per game than the Colonels commit. Chattanooga comes into the game averaging 2.3 more turnovers per game than its opponents.

The EKU defense has limited its opponents to 30 percent shooting from behind the three-point line. The Moccasins have only attempted 29 three-pointers in their last three games, and are hitting only 28 percent of those on the season.

The Colonels have been very consistent shooting the ball this season, shooting 50 percent or better in five of the eight games and 49 percent in another.

Junior Glenn Cosey and senior Mike DiNunno continue to lead a very balanced scoring attack.

Cosey is averaging 17 points per game and is coming off an 11 point, four assist, four steal game against North Carolina Central last week, which earned him his second OVC Newcomer of the Week award.

DiNunno is averaging 14.4 points per game and had a team-high 21 points against  North Carolina Central.

Corey Walden is third on the team in scoring, averaging nine points per game off the bench, followed by Eric Stutz with 8.6 points per game, Tarius Johnson averaging 6.9 points and a team-high 5.4 rebounds per game, Jeff Johnson at 6.5 points per game, and Deverin Muff and Marcus Lewis, averaging 5.3 point per game each.

EKU and Chattanooga have played on common opponent. The Moccasins beat Kennesaw State, 65-51, on Nov. 24, while the Colonels topped Kennesaw State 85-71 on Nov. 16.

The Mocs have played one other OVC opponent this season, losing to Southeast Missouri 77-65.



 

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