The Colonels are headed back to the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in five seasons -- 2015.

EKU (11-6 OVC, 14-16 overall) will be the No. 4 seed when the eight-team event gets under way next week at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.

That's the good news.

Unfortun-ately for the Colonels, they aren't exactly riding a wave of positive momentum into the postseason.

EKU has lost three of its past four games -- including two straight.

"We are tough. We are gritty, we are a together group -- that's who we are," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said. "We go to Austin Peay and we take them to the wire and we fought hard (against Murray State). We have to keep working hard and next time we see these teams in the OVC Tournament we can pull out a win."

The Colonels will get one more chance to get back on track before the OVC Tournament.

EKU is set to wrap up the regular season today at home against long-time rival Morehead State (13-17, 7-10 OVC).

Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.

Seniors Ty Taylor, Lachlan Anderson and Mason Cooper will be honored prior to the game.

All of EKU's losses in the past two weeks have come against the three teams tied for first place -- Austin Peay (14-3), Belmont (14-3) and Murray State (14-3).

The Colonels and Racers were tied at halftime (29-29) on Thursday.

A second-half surge, which was help by EKU foul trouble, allowed the Racers to pull away for a 74-62 win at home.

Murray State has won seventh-straight against the Colonels.

Colonels shot 36 percent (22-of-61) from the field and 71 percent (15-of-21) from the free throw line, but was a dismal 15 percent (3-of-20) from three-point range.

Jomaru Brown led all players with 24 points, five rebounds and two assists. The sophomore was 7-of-10 from the free throw line but had eight turnovers.

Brown is just six points away from reaching the 1,000-point mark.

Freshman Michael Moreno was the only other Colonel in double figures with 11 points and four rebounds.

Sophomore Tre King had nine points and seven rebounds before fouling out in the second half.

The loss assured that EKU would finish fourth in the regular-season standings. The Colonels get a first-round bye in the OVC Tournament and will not play until Thursday in the quarterfinals.

Their first opponent in Evansville could be the team they will meet today at McBrayer Arena.

EKU will face the winner of the No. 5-seed/No. 8 seed matchup, which is scheduled for Wednesday.

Right now, Morehead State (7-10) is tied for seventh place with Jacksonville State.

The Colonels defeated the Eagles, 78-71, on the road two weeks ago.

Five EKU players reached double-figures in the win over the Eagles, including Brown (19 points), Taylor (13), King (13) and Moreno (12).

Morehead State has lost five of its past six games, including a 66-58 setback at Austin Peay on Thursday.

EKU continues to lead the OVC in steals (9.1 a game) and turnover margin (+4.10). The Colonels are second in three-pointers made a game (8.3).

EKU is last in the OVC in rebounding defense (40.7 board a game allowed), just ahead of Morehead (36.8).

The Eagles led the OVC in blocks with 134.

Brown is fourth in the league in scoring, averaging 18.9 points a game.

Morehead's top scorer is senior Jordan Walker (12.3 ppg -- 18th in OVC).

EKU women set to wrap up season

The Eastern Kentucky University women's basketball team welcomes in-state rival Morehead State to McBrayer Arena on Saturday.

The game will mark the end of the season for the Colonels (10-18, 4-13 OVC).

Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. ET.

The Colonels were eliminated from contention for a spot in the OVC Tournament with a loss on Thursday at Murray State.

EKU is in 10th place. Only the top eight teams advance to the postseason.

It's the third-straight year the Colonels have not qualified for the OVC Tournament.

Teri Goodlett led the way for the Colonels against Murray State on Thursday, posting a team-high 20 points, three rebounds and three assists.

Catie Kaifes chipped in 13 points and six rebounds off the bench.

The Colonels rank fourth in the OVC in field goal percentage defense.

Goodlett ranks 10th in conference play in scoring averaging 13.4 points per game.

Morehead State comes into the contest at 10-19 (6-11 OVC), after falling to Austin Peay, 70-55, Thursday in Clarksville.

Jazzmyn Elston posted a game-high 21 points with two rebounds against the Govs.

Four Eagles scored double-digit points against Austin Peay.

Elston ranks 11th in conference play in scoring, averaging 13.2 points per game.

Morehead State ranks fifth in the NCAA in blocks per game.

EKU leads the all-times series between the two teams, 52-46.

The Colonels won the first contest this year, 68-47, in Morehead.

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