The Richmond Register

March 23, 2013

OVC HOOPS: Colonels set to take on Purple Aces

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

RICHMOND — The Colonels (25-9) take on the University of Evansville (19-14) at 1:30 p.m. today in the second round of the Tournament in Evansville Ind.

Due to a scheduling conflict with a minor league hockey team, the game will not be played at the University of Evansville. Instead it will be played in the Physical Activities Center on the campus of the University of Southern Indiana Evansville.

It can be heard live on WCYO 100.7 FM and on

The Colonels defeated Gardner-Webb 69-62 Tuesday on a shot-clock beating banked-in three pointer by Corey Walden with 1:08 left in the game to advance to the second round.

The win was EKU’s first national postseason tournament victory in 68 years, the Colonels’ last postseason national tournament victory came on March 17, 1945. EKU defeated Southern Illinois in the third-place game of the National Association of Intercollegiate Basketball (NAIB) Tournament. The NAIB became the NAIA in 1952.

The Purple Aces advanced to the second round with an 84-72 win over Tennessee Tech.

Colt Ryan leads the Purple Aces in scoring at 19.6 points per game and assists at 4.1 per game. Ned Cox averages 11 points per game, D.J. Balentine averages 8.2 and Troy Taylor scores 6.6 points per game and leads the team in rebounding, pulling down 7.1 boards per game.

As a team, Evansville averages 68.5 points per game, while giving up an average of 64.8 points to its opponents.

The Purple Aces shoot 43.8 percent from the field and 37.1 percent from behind the three-point line. Evansville has held its last five opponents to only 26 percent shooting from behind the arc.

Eric Stutz continued his outstanding play over the past few weeks. In the Colonels’ two OVC Tournament games and the first round of the CIT, the Colonel big man has averaged 16.7 points and seven rebounds, while shooting 70.8 percent from the field.

The Colonels enter the contest as the fourth-best turnover margin team in the nation, averaging 5.9 fewer turnovers per game than their opponents. They were the top team in the OVC in that category.