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The Colonels (2-0) raced out to a seemingly insurmountable lead in the opening minutes on Thursday at McBrayer Arena against an over-matched opponent.

EKU hit four three-pointers and scored the first 18 points of the game.

Just 5:05 into the game, the Colonels were on top, 20-2.

"We should have followed that up with a 10-0 run," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said. "And then a 6-0 run. We just didn't respond."

The Fighting Scots (0-3) did.

Ohio Valley University — an NAIA school — fought back to get within 11 points at halftime, then scored the first five points of the second half.

The Colonels took control again with a 24-2 run and pulled away for a 103-74 win at home. Seven players reached double figures in scoring for the Colonels, led by Michael Moreno — 22 points and nine rebounds.

Russhard Cruickshank had 14 points and was 4-of-5 from three-point distance. Braxton Beverly had 13 points as EKU hit 14-of-40 attempts from three-point range.

Andre Leavell finished with a game-high 31 points for OVU.

"It's the second game of the year," Hamilton said. "We've got to learn from this. That's the big thing. Will we learn from it? If we do, we will play really well on Saturday (at Milwaukee)."

Moreno hit a pair of three-pointers early and Devontae Blanton and Beverly also connected from distance. A lay-up by Beverly put the Colonels up 18-0 with 15:28 left in the opening half.

"We want to treat every game the same," Moreno said. (The guys) who came into the game (after we got the big lead), though, had a little bit of a mental lapse and even when (us starters) came back in, we let off the brake too."

The Scots cut a huge deficit to seven points (33-26) with 4:51 left before the half.

"It became not about us, but about me," Hamilton said of how his team reacted to getting a big, early lead. "We took some bad shots. We took some quick shots. We took contested shots."

A three-pointer from OVU's Ken Martin early in the second half made the score 48-42.

The Colonels scored 11-straight points, however, highlighted by a three from Beverly.

"It's something to grow from," Beverly said of the letdown after building a big early lead. "It's good that it happened early. It's something we can learn from."

Moreno was 9-of-15 from the field, including 3-of-9 from three-point range. The redshirt sophomore brought down five offensive rebounds and also had four steals and two assists.

"He didn't have a spring. He didn't have a summer (because of an offseason surgery)," Hamilton said of Moreno. "He's worked really hard and he's being rewarded for that right now. He was tremendous tonight."

Blanton had 12 points and six rebounds. Curt Lewis had 12 points and four rebounds. Michael Wardy added 11 points and four rebounds.

Cooper Robb had three points and six rebounds. DaShawn Jackson had three points and Tariq Balogun added one points, five blocks and four rebounds.

EKU shot 49 percent from the field (37-of-75) and was 14-of-40 from three-point range, but hit just 16-of-25 free throw attempts.

The Colonels forced 27 turnovers, which led to 40 points and also had 40 points in the paint.

Jomaru Brown made his season debut and played two minutes in the first half. The junior guard had been suspended from the team for the past six weeks for off-the-court issues.

He played most of the second half and finished with 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting (2-of-3 three-pointers).

"Jomaru is electric. He's got a different burst than anyone we've got," Hamilton said of Brown. "I love Jomaru. He was the first recruit I signed when I got here. I can't coach Jomaru forever, though. I need Jomaru to learn a couple of things so when he goes on to be a professional player, he can have a nice, long career. He doesn't do anything bad. He just has some bad habits. He's shown a lot of growth."

The Colonels are set to return to action Saturday on the road against Milwaukee. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. and the broadcast will available on ESPN+

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