The Richmond Register

November 9, 2013

NCAA BASKETBALL: Colonels, Lady Colonels and Kentucky all win season openers

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Colonels roll past Florida International in opener

Senior guard Glenn Cosey led a balanced offense with a game-high 17 points as the EKU men’s basketball team defeated Florida International in the 2013-14 season opener Friday afternoon, 83-61.

The game was the first of three for the Colonels at the Kennesaw State Tournament in Kennesaw, Ga.

Cosey also had eight assists and six rebounds. Fellow senior Marcus Lewis chipped in with a career-high 16 points on seven-of-nine (77.8 percent) shooting. Meanwhile, senior Orlando Williams (14 points) and junior Corey Walden (11) reached double figures as well.

EKU started slow, trailing 8-2 before quickly pulling away from FIU in the first half. Lewis’ only three-pointer gave the Colonels their first lead at 11-10. Just a couple of minutes later, Cosey netted a three-pointer to put EKU ahead for good, 14-12.

EKU netted five-of-six (83.3 percent) three-pointers during one stretch to move ahead, 20-12.

Six different Colonels tallied a three-pointer in the opening half as EKU built a 23-point cushion, 44-21.

Eastern Kentucky, the preseason OVC favorite, is right back in action tomorrow, Nov. 9 against host Kennesaw State. Tip time is set for 5:30 p.m.

Carpenter leads Lady Colonels to win

Senior Marie Carpenter poured in 27 points and knocked down the game-winning three-pointer with 22 seconds left as the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team defeated Miami (Ohio), 59-55, in its season opener on Friday afternoon in Oxford, Ohio.

It was EKU’s first win over Miami in Oxford since 1977.

Miami (0-1) led EKU (1-0) by a pair, 55-53, until senior Pilar Walker connected on a three-pointer from the wing to give the Lady Colonels a one-point lead with 2:22 to play.

One minute later, sophomore Jasmine Stafford converted one of two free throws to make it a two-point advantage; however, on Miami’s ensuing possession, Nicole Anderson was fouled and sank a pair of free throws to tie the game, 55-55, with 39 seconds on the clock.

That is when Walker brought the ball up the court and found Carpenter at the top of the key, who buried the three-pointer that gave the Lady Colonels the lead for good.

Carpenter finished the game two points shy of her career high of 29. The senior guard also scored 27 points in last year’s season-opening win over Miami at McBrayer Arena.

Walker also played a key role in the win, knocking down three three-pointers to finish with 13 points.

The Lady Colonels return to action on Sunday at Kent State. Tip is scheduled for 2 p.m.

No. 1 Kentucky routs UNC-Asheville, 89-57

LEXINGTON (AP) — Julius Randle scored 15 of his 23 points in the second half to lead five Kentucky players in double figures and help the top-ranked Wildcats’ highly touted freshman class debut successfully with an 89-57 season-opening rout of UNC-Asheville on Friday night.

Randle, a 6-foot-9 forward considered the best of Kentucky’s six high school All-American recruits in an eight-man group some are calling the best ever, also grabbed 15 rebounds.

Reserve sophomore forward Alex Poythress added 10 points and 13 rebounds. Reserve Marcus Lee added 17 points, James Young had 11 and Aaron Harrison 10 as Kentucky’s freshmen helped the Wildcats overcome a ragged start.

Kentucky shot 17 of 30 in the second half to finish 28 of 59 (47.5 percent).

Will Weeks’ 19 points led UNC-Asheville, which debuted Nick McDevitt as the Bulldogs’ head coach.

Kentucky outrebounded UNC-Asheville 48-31, held the Bulldogs to 22-of-57 shooting (38.6 percent) and forced 15 turnovers.

The Wildcats converted 30 of 48 free throws, compared to 10 of just 21 attempts for the Bulldogs.

Randle’s 11-of-13 shooting from the line led Kentucky.

The highly anticipated debuts of the Wildcats’ talented class generated some buzz throughout Rupp Arena, with the noise reaching an early peak when coach John Calipari unveiled his starting lineup of sophomore 7-footer Willie Cauley-Stein surrounded by Randle, Young and 6-6 twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison.

Friday marked Andrew Harrison’s on-court debut at point guard after sitting out the exhibitions with a bruised knee. Aaron had subbed well in his absence, but Calipari prefers using him at shooting guard with Andrew as floor general and he finished with five assists.

Andrew showed no effects of the knee as he drove for a game-opening layup and went to the line twice early. But Kentucky’s first-half play was mostly uneven as the Wildcats shot just 11 of 29 from the field (37.9 percent) and had as many turnovers as assists (four) while trying to sort things out.

Those issues caused Calipari to frequently scream at his players, who struggled to put together consistent stretches through 8 1-2 minutes.