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March 1, 2014

OVC BASKETBALL: Colonels, Lady Colonels set for Senior Night matchups with TSU

RICHMOND — The Colonels and Lady Colonels will both wrap up their regular-season schedules today with Senior Night matchups with Tennessee State in McBrayer Arena.

The Lady Colonels (15-11, 9-6 OVC) take on the Lady Tigers (11-17, 8-7 OVC) at 4 p.m. Senior Night activities will take place prior to the game.

The Colonels will take on TSU at 7 p.m.

Lady Colonels vs. TSU

A lot is on the line for the Lady Colonels today.

A win over the Lady Tigers assures them of the No. 3 seed and a first-round bye in the OVC Tournament, which begins Wednesday in Nashville.

A loss to TSU and the Lady Colonels fall to the No. 5 seed and will have to play in the opening round on Wednesday.

EKU has lost its last two games, both at home.

The Lady Colonels fell to Belmont 72-68 on Monday, then suffered a heartbreaking 76-74 loss to Tennessee Tech on Thursday.

The Lady Colonels fought their way back from a 74-66 deficit with just 32.2 seconds remaining, to tie the game at 74-74 with 0.4 seconds remaining and had an opportunity to win it.

But freshman Michaela Hunter, who had stolen an inbounds pass and got fouled, missed the second free throw.

The ball was knocked out of bounds and on the ensuing throw-in, Marie Carpenter was called for a foul after getting entangled with a TTU player near midcourt.

Hannah Goolsby hit both free throws with 0.4 left to give the Lady Tigers the win.

Tennessee State has lost three of its past four games. The only win came Thursday, 71-66 over Morehead.

Colonels take on Tigers

The Colonels (20-9, 10-5 OVC) take on the Tigers (5-24, 4-11 OVC) at 7 p.m. today in Richmond. Senior Night ceremonies for six seniors will take place prior to the contest.

The Colonels picked up a big win on Thursday, 74-67 over Tennessee State. It was the third win in a row for EKU and guaranteed the Colonels a first-round by in next week’s OVC Tournament.

The Colonels used a 23-7 run late in the game to turn a 55-49 deficit into a 72-62 lead with less than a minute to go, then shut the Golden Eagles down in the final minute.

Tarius Johnson and Glenn Cosey each had 20 points in the game, while Corey Walden added 14 points and Eric Stutz had 12 points.

Thursday’s win gave EKU 20 victories for the ninth time in school history.

Cosey needs one more three pointer to move into a tie for seventh place on EKU’s all-time career three-pointers list. He needs only six more threes to tie the school’s single-season record of 104 three pointers made.

Tennessee State has only won four conference games all season, but one of those came on Thursday when the Tigers came from behind to stun Morehead 70-68 on the road.

The Colonels defeated the Tigers 94-78 in their earlier meeting in Nashville on Jan. 23.

In that game, TSU’s Patrick Miller scored 33 points. In the Tiger’s win over Morehead Thursday, Miller shot 12-of-19 from the field and was 10-of-11 from the free throw line, finishing 38 points.

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