The Richmond Register

December 20, 2012

OVC HOOPS: Colonels look to snap skid on the road

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

MADISON COUNTY — The Colonels (9-2) look to break a two game skid tonight when they take on High Point (4-5) at 7 p.m. in the last of six straight road games.

The Colonels are coming off a loss Wednesday at North Carolina A&T in a game where they held a 17-point first-half lead before turnovers and poor shooting allowed the Aggies to stage a comeback in the second half.

After struggling to find the range against Illinois Sunday, senior Mike DiNunno found his stroke against the Aggies, scoring a game-high 22 points, hitting five three-pointers and seven-of-eight free throws.

Marcus Lewis had a big game for EKU against the Aggies also with 14 points and four steals coming off the bench.

The Colonels struggled on the boards against North Carolina A&T and will need a strong effort tonight against the Panthers who are averaging 37.7 rebounds per game and outrebounding their opponents on the year by an average of two rebounds per game.

High Point is averaging 73.2 points per game while holding its opponents to 65.4 points per game.

Against North Carolina A&T, the Colonels committed more turnovers, 19,  than their opponent, for the first time this season and were outscored off turnovers for the first time all season.

On the year, EKU is averaging 7.1 fewer turnovers than its opponents, best in the OVC and second in the country, while High Point comes into the game averaging 3.9 fewer turnovers than its opponents.

The Panthers are shooting 27 percent from the field and averaging 4.1 three-pointers per game. The Colonels have hit 36 percent of their three-point shots and are averaging 8.7 threes per game. High Point is allowing its opponents to shoot 39 percent from three-point range on the season.

The Panthers are led by 6-foot-7 John Brown, who is averaging 17.9 points and 6.2 rebounds per game and six-foot-9 Allan Chaney, with 13.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

EKU and High Point have played two previous times. The Colonels won the first contest 72-68 in overtime on Dec. 18, 2000 in McBrayer Arena. The Panthers won the second game 70-60 on Dec. 4, 2001 in High Point.

The game can be heard on WCYO 100.7 FM or at EKUSports.com.