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In the weeks leading up to the opening of the 2021-2022 season, A.W. Hamilton encouraged EKU fans to embrace an interactive concept he hoped would become a new tradition.

The coach wanted those in attendance at McBrayer Arena to yell 'WOOOOOOOO' when a Colonel launched a three-pointer, then to follow up with a 'BOOM" if the shot went in.

"We want to have fun," Hamilton said. "We shoot a lot of threes. So, we came up with the idea."

The fans got their first chance to be part of the new tradition on Tuesday when the Colonels (1-0) took on Georgetown College in Richmond.

And there were plenty of 'BOOMS' at McBrayer.

EKU hit 14 three-pointers and rolled to a 93-63 win over Georgetown College (3-1) in the season opener.

Junior Cooper Robb had a career-best 21 points, hitting 5-of-9 three-point attempts, while Michael Moreno had 15 points and a team-best nine rebounds.

EKU shot 57 percent from the field and got 22 points off turnovers.

"The best fan bases get involved," Moreno said. "Now our fans really have something they can be a part of. You hear about the storied fan bases like the Cameron Crazies and the Big Blue Nation. We want to create a tradition which goes along with our brand."

The Colonels put up 33 three-pointers, every one of which drew a coordinated response from a crowd of more than 3,000.

"They were all behind us tonight," Robb said. "We felt it."

The Colonels hit seven of their first 12 three-pointers and used a 17-1 run in the first half to pull out to a 26-point lead. EKU had a 55-29 advantage at halftime.

"The fans were awesome. It's going to be contagious," Hamilton said of the new tradition. "This is a fun team."

Nine different Colonels attempted a three-pointer. Moreno and Devotae Blanton were both 3-of-5 from long range, while freshman DaShawn Jackson was 2-of-3.

EKU was 8-of-15 from behind the arc in the first half.

"We had a good shooting team last year. I think we have a great shooting team this year," Hamilton said. "We are going to shoot a lot of threes."

Robb shot just 32 percent from three-point range a season ago after transferring from UNC-Charlotte. The junior hit 3-of-4 attempts from long distance in the first half against Georgetown.

Robb played 27 minutes on Tuesday, was 8-of-13 from the field and added four rebounds and two steals.

"It was frustrating last year, but I worked hard in the summer and my teammates kept trusting me," Robb said. "They kept telling me to shoot. It feels good to feel good."

The Colonels also had a lot of trust in a freshman from Lexington.

Jackson, a graduate of Frederick Douglass, came into the game early in the first half and hit back-to-back three-pointers on his first two shots at the college level. He finished with eight points and two assists.

"I love DJ. I really mean it when I say he is going to be a star here at EKU," Hamilton said of Jackson. "He played loose. He played free. He played with a lot of confidence."

In his first game as a Colonel, senior Braxton Beverly had nine points and seven assists.

Russhard Cruickshank had eight points and five assists.

EKU had 19 assists on 38 field goals.

"We moved it and we got great shots. When you move it and you are a pressing team, good things happen," Hamilton said. "This was a good first game for us. They are a good team. They are going to win a lot of games at their level."

Jannson Williams had four points before leaving the game with a sprained ankle. Blanton had nine points. Michael Wardy had six points and three rebounds, while Curt Lewis had two points, two assists and two steals.

EKU is set to return to action Thursday at home against Ohio Valley University.

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