The Richmond Register


February 1, 2014

OVC BASKETBALL: Colonels, Lady Colonels take on SEMO in McBrayer Arena

RICHMOND — The Colonels (15-7, 6-3 OVC) defense was outstanding in their 89-66 blowout win over UT-Martin Thursday.

They will need a similar effort today when OVC West Division co-favorite Southeast Missouri State (12-10, 3-5 OVC) visits McBrayer Arena for a 7 p.m. contest. SEMO comes in as the highest-scoring team in the OVC, averaging 82.9 points per game.

Martin entered Thursday’s game as one of the higher scoring OVC teams in league play also, but the EKU defense kept UTM’s three leading scorers under double-digit scoring.

On offense, the Colonels were very efficient, hitting 65.2 percent of their shots from the field and 45 percent, 9-of-20, from behind the three-point arc.

Marcus Lewis led five Colonels in double figures with 19 points, including four high-flying dunks, while Glenn Cosey finished with 18 points, Eric Stutz had 14 points, Tarius Johnson had 12 points and Orlando Williams added 10 points.

After a rough beginning to their conference season, in which they lost three of their first four games, the Redhawks have picked it up, winning two of their past three contests.

SEMO is coming off a 91-81 non-conference win over Missouri-Kansas City on Wednesday.

Six-foot-5 junior Jarekious Bradley leads the Redhawks in scoring at 20.2 points per game. He is the team’s second-leading rebounder, pulling down 6.7 boards per game. Bradley is the second-leading scorer in the OVC and ranks sixth in rebounding.

He was limited to only two points on Wednesday due to a sprained knee.

Tyler Stone, a 6-foot-8 forward, was a pre-season All-OVC selection and comes into today’s game averaging 18.4 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. He ranks fourth in the OVC in both categories.

While their offense is the best in the league, the Redhawks defense ranks next to last in the OVC, giving up 77.8 points per game.

EKU has scored 81 points or more in each of their past three games and the Colonels’ defense is ranked second in the conference, giving up an average of only 69.4 points per game.

EKU leads the all time series with SEMO 25-19, including 14-6 in games played in Richmond. The Colonels have won the past nine games against SEMO, including 84-69 in last season’s OVC Tournament in Nashville.

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