The Richmond Register

February 14, 2013

OVC HOOPS: EKU BEGINS FINAL HOME STAND WITH TENN. TECH

By Bob Flynn
Register Sports Writer

MADISON COUNTY — The Colonels (19-6, 8-3 OVC) will be looking for their first 20-win season since 2009-10 when they take on Tennessee Tech (9-14, 3-8 OVC) today at 7 p.m. in McBrayer Arena.

The game can be heard on WCYO 100.7 FM and on EKUSports.com. It can be seen live on OVCDigitalNetwork.com

EKU is coming off an impressive road win over rival Morehead State on Saturday.

The Colonels played one of their most complete games of the season in the win over the Eagles.

The EKU defense stifled the Eagles offense, holding Morehead to only 20 first half points and to 32.6 percent shooting from the field and only 26.7 percent from behind the three-point line. The Colonels also forced Morehead into 17 turnovers.

But the most impressive statistic from the game — and major contributor to the win — was the rebounding totals.

EKU has struggled rebounding the ball all year, but on Saturday the Colonels, the OVC’s lowest rated rebounding team, outrebounded Morehead, the league’s best rebounding team, 32-24.

Sophomore forward Eric Stutz continued his recent stellar performances against the Eagles finishing with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists.

In his last three games, Stutz has averaged 12.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, three blocks, three steals and 1.7 assists per game.

The Golden Eagles come into the game off a win over Jacksonville State on Saturday which snapped a two-game losing streak.

Tech is led by 6-foot-5 senior guard Jud Dillard. The first-team All-OVC selection averages 19 points and 8 rebounds per game. He is making 46 percent of his shots.

The Golden Eagles average 64 points per game while allowing their opponents to score 67 points per game.

TTU averages 42 percent from the field, including 32 percent from behind the three-point line.

Eastern leads the all-time series 68-56 and own a 40-22 advantage in games played in McBrayer Arena. But, Tennessee Tech has won the last four meetings between the two teams.

Baptist Health Baptist Health will be providing a FREE Mini Health Fair with screenings for blood glucose, body fat analysis and body mass index at the game. Fans can also enjoy a parfait bar and there will be free T-shirts.  Since it’s Valentine’s Day, Baptist Health will also be giving away a “Sweetheart Dinner for Two.”