By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer
The Colonels (14-6, 5-2, OVC) picked up their fourth-straight victory, 94-78, Thursday over Tennessee State (2-20, 1-7) in Nashville.
Glenn Cosey broke out of a four-game shooting slump to hit four three-pointers that fueled first half Colonel runs of 15-2 and 13-2 that allowed them to build as much as a 21-point lead.
EKU hit eight three pointers in the first half — three coming off the bench, two from Jeff Johnson and one from freshman Isaac McGlone — that helped the Colonels to a 45-32 halftime lead.
“Offensively we were very, very difficult to handle. It was good for Glenn to get it going a little here offensively. He shot the ball very well tonight,” EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said in a radio interview.
The Colonels lead reached as many as 23 points mid-way through the second half before TSU mounted a small comeback behind star guard Patrick Miller and little-used bench player Jordan Gaither.
Despite being the target of the EKU defense all night, Miller scorched the nets for a game-high 33 points, while Gaither hit 5-of-6 three pointers on his way to 16 points.
A 9-0 run by the Tigers got them to within 13 at 76-63 with 6:15 remaining, but a couple of big plays by McGlone helped EKU to stem the tide.
After a Tiger steal, McGlone stepped in front of TSU’s Patrick Miller and took a charge erasing a basket that would have cut EKU’s lead to 11 points.
On the next possession, he drained his second three-pointer of the game to put the Colonels on top 79-63. McGlone finished the night with a career-high 11 points.
“Isaac McGlone was absolutely tremendous. He handled pressure, meaning the full-court press. He shot the ball in,” Neubauer said. “The biggest play of the game was Isaac’s charge in transition. He stood in and got run over. That was huge.”
The Tigers were able to get to within 12 points on a Gaither three with 1:53 remaining, but the Colonels were able to close out the win, their fifth in OVC play.
Cosey led five Colonels in double figure with 24 points and a team-best six rebounds. Tarius Johnson finished with 13 points, Marcus Lewis and McGlone had 11 points each and Eric Stutz had 10 points and a team-best three steals.
Jeff Johnson had eight points, Orlando Williams had seven points, Corey Walden added five points, Timmy Knipp had three points and Deverin Muff finished with two points.
Both teams shot the ball very well. EKU finished hitting 54.7 percent from the field and 52 percent from behind the three point line. TSU shot 55.1 percent from the field and 52.9 percent from behind the arc.
The Colonels now lead the all-time series with the Tigers 29-25, including 14-12 in Nashville.
EKU finishes up its two-game road swing with a rematch with Belmont on Saturday at 8 p.m. with a piece of the OVC East division lead on the line.