The Colonels have enjoyed a lot of ‘first time since’ moments in the past few weeks.
Alnost every game lifts them to a level that the program hasn’t reached in many, many years.
“I’m so happy for the guys. They have worked extremely hard. To start the season 3-10 and for us to come back and get to talk about how we have the best (league) start since 1988. It’s amazing,” EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said Thursday.
A win on Thursday at McBrayer Arena over UT-Martin moved EKU to 7-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference for the first-time in 32 years.
A weekend sweep could force an even deeper look into the record books.
The Colonels are set to take on Southeast Missouri State today at McBrayer Arena.
Game time is set for 4 p.m.
If the Colonels (10-12, 7-2) beat the last-place Redhawks (4-18, 0-9 OVC), they will match their best start to OVC play since the 1978-1979 season.
“It’s night and day where we were in November and December,” Hamilton said. “Our chemistry, it’s incredible. They are playing with passion and confidence and they believe in each other.”
The Colonels have won four-straight games for the first time since 2016.
They used a 21-3 run to build a big first-half lead on Thursday and never allowed UT-Martin back in the game.
The Skyhawks never got any closer than 12 points in the second half.
Senior Ty Taylor poured in a season-high 27 points to lead the Colonels against UT-Martin. He was 5-of-9 from three-point range.
Sophomore Tre King scored a career-high 22 points and added five rebounds, five steals and four assists.
Taylor, King and Jomaru Brown (22) are the first trio of Colonels to score 20-plus points in the same game since Nick Mayo, Jarelle Reischel and Javontae Hawkins against Tennessee Tech in 2016.
EKU’s 15 steals in the win over UT Martin are the most by the Colonels against a Division-I foe this season.
The Redhawks have lost nine-straight games. SEMO fell at Morehead State, 90-74, on Thursday.
The Redhawks are paced by Alex Caldwell, who comes in averaging 12.0 points-per-game.
This is the 54th all-time meeting between EKU and Southeast Missouri. The Colonels lead the series, 32-20, and have won three straight over the Redhawks.
EKU defeated SEMO last year in Richmond, 85-83, on a buzzer beater by JacQuess Hobbs.
The Colonels are in third place in the OVC standings at the mid-way point of conference play.
EKU looking to snap skid
The Colonels will look to snap a three-game skid when they take on Southeast Missouri State today at McBrayer Arena.
Tip-off is set for 1:30 p.m.
EKU (2-7 OVC) fell to UT-Martin, 65-50, Thursday in Richmond. Bria Bass led the way with a team-high 11 points and four rebounds against the Skyhawks.
Catie Kaifes chipped in nine points and three steals off the bench.
Teri Goodlett is averaging 9.5 assists per game the past two games.
Kaifes ranks seventh in the OVC in three-point field goal percentage.
The Colonels rank fourth in OVC play in field goal percentage defense.
SEMO (15-5, 7-2 OVC) has won six-straight after topping Morehead State, 67-61, Thursday on the road.
Tesia Thompson led the way for the Redhawks posting a team-high 20 points and 11 rebounds in the win at Morehead State.
Carrie Shephard chipped in 18 points and five assists.
Southeast Missouri ranks second in the OVC in scoring averaging 72.0 points per game.
Thompson ranks third in OVC play in scoring averaging 17.9 points per game.