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November 23, 2013

OVC HOOPS: EKU cranks up the intensity, pulls away from Brescia, 95-56

RICHMOND — The Colonels looked just a bit out of sorts both offensively and defensively for most of the first half Friday against Brescia at McBrayer Arena.

And as a result, with just 3:16 left before halftime, they had only a six-point lead against an NAIA Division II team.

“I guess we just kind of took them for granted,” EKU’s Orlando Williams said. “I guess we just knew we were going to win and score a bunch of points. We needed to come out with max intensity — and we didn’t.”

The Colonels (6-1) cranked up the intensity and quickly turned a competitive game into a blowout.

EKU put together a 12-2 run to end the half, then opened the second half on an 8-0 run. The Colonels went on to pick up a 95-56 win over the Bearcats (4-3).

The victory was EKU’s 20th-straight non-conference home victory.

The Colonels had five players reach double figures in scoring, led by Glenn Cosey’s 20 points.

“Our defensive intensity was certainly much better in the second half then the first half,” EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said. “We made an adjustment where we switched ball screens in the second half. We are usually much better when we double ball screens, that’s how we started this game, like we start every game. But, we weren’t able to get enough pressure on the ball and we weren’t able to get our stealers to run through the passing lanes.”

The Colonels forced 10 turnovers in the first half, which led to 15 points. They forced 12 turnovers in the second half, which turned into 17 points.

EKU also limited Brescia to 28 percent shooting in the second half and just 33 percent shooting for the game.

“We talked about it at halftime about how we were letting them make passes and we weren’t the defensive team we usually are,” EKU’s Marcus Lewis said.

Williams had 15 points off the bench, while Lewis added 14 points and junior Eric Stutz finished with 11.

Freshman guard Isaac McGlone had a career-best 10 points and provided a much-need spark off the bench in the first half. He had seven points, three steals and two rebounds before halftime.

“It just get easier the more and more that I am out there,” McGlone said. “I felt comfortable. This is our seventh game. It’s been pretty easy to get used to.”

EKU shot 47 percent from the field in the first half, but did most of its damage at the free throw line. The Colonels were 17-of-18 from the line in the first half and was 35-of-47 for the game.

Cosey was 9-of-10 from the line as he reached double figures for the sixth time this season. Williams was 6-of-6 at the line as well.

The Colonels are set to open a four-game road trip on Nov. 30 at North Carolina State.

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