The Colonels head to Morehead today with a chance for the season’s first four-game winning streak and an opportunity to get above .500 in the league.
To do that EKU will have to top the Eagles, who are tied for third place in the Ohio Valley Conference and have won six of their previous seven contests.
EKU (10-9, 4-4 OVC) and MSU (12-7, 5-3) tip off at 1 p.m.
Morehead has taken six of the past seven games between the long-time in-state rivals.
Getting past the Eagles will be no small task, especially on the road where they are prefect in 10 games this season. MSU had a six-game winning streak snapped last week at Eastern Illinois, 47-40.
Morehead features the second-best scorer in the league in Kenneth Faried, a Wooden Award finalist who averages 17.6 points a game. Faried is also the league’s best rebounder with 13.3 a game. He’ll test EKU’s improving post defense, but the Colonels will also have to deal with Demonte Harper, who is third in the OVC with 16.6 points a game.
“He’s (Faried) not the only option on their team,” EKU coach Jeff Neubauer said. “Their perimeter guys are very aggressive offensively. They’ve got four very good shooters around him.”
The Eagles have the third-best scoring offense in the OVC at 69.9 points a game and are second in the league in shooting percentage (46.9 percent). With Terrance Hill (10.6 ppg), MSU has three players who average above double figures.
“They definitely are not one dimensional,” Neubauer said. “They really do have a lot of options on the offensive end.”
That offense was stymied in the loss at EIU. Faried was held to just five points as the Eagles were limited to their lowest point total since 2005-06. The senior still ended up with 13 rebounds, but MSU managed just 26 percent shooting from the field.
The Colonels are riding a three-game winning streak and have had that success largely thanks to their effort on the defensive end. In those three wins, EKU’s opponents averaged just better than 50 points.
In their latest outing, the Colonels defeated SIU Edwardsville for the second time this season, 70-50.
Senior Justin Stommes led the way with a game-high 17 points and hit three-of-six from three-point range. Joshua Jones added 14 points, while Spencer Perrin put in 12 and Jaron Jones scored 10. Josh Daniel pulled down a career-high 13 rebounds.
Lady Colonels set to face second-place Lady Eagles
The Lady Colonels face a tough road as they look to snap a nine-game losing streak.
EKU takes on second-place Morehead State in Morehead at 3:45 p.m. today.
Both teams are coming off losses to SIU Edwardsville.
The Lady Eagles (13-6, 6-2 OVC) were upended at home, 76-67, Wednesday despite 24 points from Chynna Bozeman. Ashar Harris and Courtney Lumpkin each had double-doubles, both scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Lady Colonels (4-13, 1-7) fell in Edwardsville, 61-60, when a contested shot from Reese Bass at the buzzer rimmed in and out.
Alex Jones gave EKU 10 points and Brittany Coles put in 18 in the loss.
Jones sits in sixth place in the league with 15 points a game and her 9.1 rebounds a contest put her in second place in the OVC. Coles is second best in the conference with 1.3 blocks a game while Bass is third in assists with 4.1.