Recent history would signal the Colonels’ matchup tonight with Austin Peay to be a close one.

The two teams were separated by just six points last season, including a 73-70 overtime win for Eastern Kentucky University on Jan. 27.

And, the Governors have played two overtime games in Ohio Valley Conference action already this season — a 76-71 win over Southeast Missouri on Dec. 3 and a 68-65 loss to Morehead State on Saturday.

“Austin Peay has a great track record of playing in close basketball games,” EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said. “They are very tenacious when they get behind and always find a way to come back. That allows them to play in close games.”

Tipoff between the Colonels (9-5, 2-1 OVC) and the Govs will be at 7:30 p.m. tonight in Richmond. The Lady Colonels will take on Austin Peay at 5:30 p.m. The Colonels have won 15 straight home games, the 12th-longest active streak in the country.

Although the Govs (8-7, 2-1 OVC) lost former conference MVP Drake Reed after last season, they return two very potent scorers in Wes Channels and Anthony Campbell. Channels averages 15.3 points per game and Campbell chips in 15.1 points, while John Fraley leads them in rebounding with 6.6 boards per game.

EKU has struggled at times defensively this season with its 1-3-1 zone and especially with man-to-man, but Neubauer said his team is still improving in that respect.

“We certainly were not great against Tennessee State (on Saturday) and that had a lot to do with their personnel,” he said. “They did a good job of making tough shots. Our 1-3-1 has been better in certain games and it played a good role against TSU.”

The Colonels will be on the road for two games before returning home to face Eastern Illinois on Jan. 14.



EKU defense has hands full with two standouts

The Lady Colonels (6-6, 3-0) will have more than enough to deal with Ashley Herring and Nicole Jamen tonight, as they prepare to face the Lady Govs at 5:30 p.m. at McBrayer Arena.

Herring averages 12 points and two assists per game, both team-highs, while standout senior Jamen contributes 9.4 points and a team-high 7.3 rebounds per game. Jasmine Rayner also adds nine points and six boards per game.

The Lady Govs (3-11, 2-1 OVC) average 62 points per game and 38.5 rebounds, both of which are higher than EKU’s numbers (55 points and 37.9 boards) thus far this season.

Although Peay’s record is not exactly stellar, the Lady Govs have picked up wins over Eastern Illinois (65-55) and Southeast Missouri (76-63). The Lady Govs’ only conference loss was to Morehead State on Saturday, a 79-56 setback.

The Lady Colonels improved to 3-0 in the OVC with a win over Tennessee State on Saturday at McBrayer Arena.



Colonels add walk-on

The last couple of weeks have been up and down for the EKU men’s basketball team.

Around the same time that sophomore Cordero Ellis left the team, they gained another big man — Ruud De Jong from the Netherlands.

De Jong, a walk-on who is a sophomore in academic standing, is still waiting for full clearance from the NCAA Clearinghouse and has started the process to become a full member of the team.

“We’re happy to have him as part of our program,” Neubauer said. “He has developed relationships with several guys on our team already and we’re just happy to have him join our team.”

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