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December 4, 2012

OVC Hoops: Colonels set to hit the road

RICHMOND — By Bob Flynn

Register Sports Writer

The Colonels take on North Carolina Central (5-4) tonight at 7 p.m. in Durham N.C. in their first road contest of the season.

After opening the season 7-0, with all the games played in the friendly confines of McBrayer Arena, the Colonels will play their next six contests on the road, beginning tonight.

EKU is coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win over Western Carolina Saturday in which senior Mike DiNunno stuck a dagger in the heart of the Catamounts, hitting the winning basket with just 2.3 seconds left in the game.

The Colonels trailed by double-digits most of the night, and were down 10 at 62-52 with six and a half minutes left before battling back for the win.

EKU is off to its best start in 66 years and the 7-0 start is the fourth-best in program history, trailing only the 12-0 start by the 1943-44 team, 11-0 start by the 1946-47 team and the 9-0 start by the 1939-40 team.

EKU is the only remaining unbeaten team in the OVC and one of four unbeaten mid-major teams in the country. The Colonels are ranked 23rd in this week’s CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.

The Colonels have shot 50 percent or better from the field in five of their first seven games and shot 49 percent in another.

But the EKU offense will be tested tonight against a North Carolina Central team that is limiting its opponents to just 39.7 percent shooting on the season, and only 28.7 percent from three-point range.

The Eagles, who are 3-14 all-time against OVC opponents, are coming off back-to-back wins over Utah Valley and North Carolina A&T.

Four Eagles are averaging in double figures led by junior forward Stanton Kidd at 14 points per game and senior guards Ray Willis 13.6, and Jeremy Ingram, 13.4 points per game. Sophomore forward Jay Copeland averages 10 points per game.

North Carolina Central is averaging 68.9 points per game, while holding its opponents to 57.6 points per game.

After getting outrebounded in their last game against Western Carolina, the Colonels will be looking to improve that statistic against a team that averages 32.9 rebounds a game.

This is the second meeting between the two teams. EKU won 75-62 in McBrayer Arena last year.

Cosey named Newcomer of the Week

For the second time this season, EKU’s Glenn Cosey has been named the OVC Newcomer of the Week.

In two games, Cosey averaged 18 points, 3.5 assists, two rebounds and two assists per game.

Cosey had a game-high 21 points, hitting 4-of-7 three pointers, five assists and four steals against Delaware State.

On Saturday against Western Carolina, Cosey had a team-high 15 points, four rebounds and two assists. He was instrumental in the Colonels’ comeback from a 10-point deficit in the last six and a half minutes and his layup with 1:15 to go tied the game for the first time since the early minutes.

Cosey is tied for third in scoring in the OVC at 17.9 points per game, first in assists-to-turnover ratio, 3.1, sixth in three-point field goal percentage, 47.5 percent, tied for sixth in steals, averaging 1.8 per game, ninth in field goal percentage, 53.7, 12th in assists, 3.1 per game and tied for 13th in free throw percentage at 78.3 percent.

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