Nothing went right for the EKU men’s basketball team Monday night at Presbyterian College.
The Colonels couldn’t buy a shot, falling to the Blue Hose, 78-50, in Clinton, S.C.
EKU’s bread and butter has long been its three-point shooting.
Against Presbyterian, the Colonels missed their first eight three-pointers and finished 1-for-19 from beyond the arc, including 0-for-9 in the second half.
“As a coach, I didn’t have our team prepared for that style of defense,” said EKU coach Jeff Neubauer in an postgame radio interview. “They were very aggressive. They denied everything.”
EKU (1-2) cut the lead to 10-7 with 14:07 remaining in the first half after Jabs Newby stole a pass and sent an outlet to Joshua Jones for an easy bucket.
Presbyterian (2-1) outscored the Colonels 32-16 the rest of the first half, taking a 42-23 lead into the break.
It didn’t get any better in the second half.
EKU continued to miss shots and Presbyterian continued to increase the lead, as the Blue Hose outscored the Colonels 36-27 in the second half.
EKU made 17-of-48 shots for 35.4 percent, while Presbyterian was 27-for-51 (52.9 percent) and 10-of-22 (45.5 percent) on 3-pointers.
Presbyterian hauled down 36 rebounds. EKU only had 21.
“That’s been our Achilles Heel,” Neubauer said of rebounding. “We can’t get out-rebounded by 15. That’s one of the reasons we’re 1-2. We have been out rebounded in every game so far.”
Senior Jaron Jones led EKU with 15 points. Junior Mike DiNunno added 11 points and four rebounds.
Joshua Jones had eight points and Eric Stutz finished with six points and a team-high five rebounds.
EKU only had four assists, with Jeff Johnson leading the team with two.
The Colonels only had three bench points in the first half and finished the game with 10 points off the bench, led by D’Mitri Riggs, who scored five points and sank the only three-pointer for the Colonels.
Presbyterian’s A’Lonzo Coleman led all scorers with 18 points.
“We haven’t seen scores like this very often,” Neubauer said of losing by 28 points. “We have to learn from this experience.”
EKU next plays Friday at 7 p.m. at Liberty.