The shots kept falling.

So, Jomaru Brown just kept shooting.

"It was just the bottom of the net most of the time," Brown said.

The sophomore guard put together a special performance on Friday at McBrayer Arena against EKU's oldest rival.

Brown scored a career-high 41 points, but it wasn't enough to led the Colonels (2-2) to victory. Western Kentucky (3-0) had four players reach double-figures and held on for a 79-71 win in front more than 5,000 fans.

"Brown, he was incredible," WKU coach Rick Stansbury said. "He made shots from everywhere."

Brown got hot early and kept shooting.

The sophomore scored EKU's first 10 points and hit five of first seven field-goal attempts.

The 41-point performance was the most by a Colonel in almost 18 years.

"I'm a huge believer in him," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said of Brown. "I coach him harder than anyone on this team. He knows I love him. He has the chance to be a superstar. He's got a special talent and he's a special young man. He had a great game for us."

Brown was 16-of-28 from the field, 4-of-11 from three-point range and hit 5-of-6 free throw attempts.

The guard didn't get much offensive help from his teammates, though.

The rest of the team combined to shot 11-of-33 from the field, including 3-of-16 from three-point range.

Lachlan Anderson and Ty Taylor had nine points each. Darius Hicks had six points, while Tre King, Russhard Cruickshank and Michael Moreno had two points each.

The Colonels shot 44 percent from the field.

EKU's signature pressure defense forced 23 turnovers, which led to 24 points.

The Colonels, though, had 19 turnovers, resulting in 23 WKU points.

"We turned them over a lot," Hamilton said. "We just turned it over too many times ourselves."

Led by Brown, the Colonels hung tough against a line-up that featured three former Kentucky Mr. Basketball honorees and a potential first-round draft choice (Charles Bassey).

After back-to-back three-pointers back Lachlan Anderson and Brown, the Colonels had a 21-16 lead.

A big surge allowed WKU to take a 45-34 lead into halftime.

The Colonels trailed by 18 points in the second half, but were able to get back within eight points (74-66) in the closing minutes.

"You can see the fight in our team," Hamilton said. "This is who we've been since I got here. We fight until the very end. We are never going to give up."

Bassey had 18 points and 12 points in just 26 minutes as he battled foul trouble.

Carson Williams had 15 points for WKU, Josh Anderson had 14 points and Jeremiah Gambrell added 11 points.

The Hilltoppers shot 51 percent from the field.

EKU is set to return to action Tuesday at home against Alice Lloyd College.

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