The Colonels showed no fear on Halloween night as they hit the century-mark in an easy win over Berea College at McBrayer Arena.

EKU topped the Mountaineers, 113-63, in the high-scoring exhibition game.

"We needed that. We needed to shake some rust off. (The players) were all jacked up to finally play a game against another opponent," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said after the game. "We are so thankful to Berea College for coming up here to play us. We have a special relationship with Berea… they are awesome over there. They are going to have a good season."

The Colonels eagerness to face off against an opponent clad in anything other than maroon and white showed early on.

EKU showed off it's fast pace and severe press on the court Thursday night -- a style incorporated by Hamilton last year in his first year as head coach.

"We had 13 deflections before the first media timeout," Hamilton said. "We were more efficient than you remember seeing us last year. I thought everybody brought great energy. Everyone who played kept that energy going throughout the game."

The Colonels racked up 72 deflections on the night with 18 steals and forced 25 Mountaineer turnovers.

Six Colonels ended the game in double digits, led by 19 each from Jomaru Brown and Lachlan Anderson. Brown hit on 7-of-16 from the field and had four steals. Anderson was 7-of-13 from the field, including 3-for-6 from behind the arc, and grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds.

Those turnovers proved costly for Berea, which was without one of their main starters on Thursday.

The Mountaineers shot just 32.3 percent from the field and 27.8 percent from the three point line.

The Colonels shot 45.1 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc, while shooting 68.2 percent from the free-throw line.

EKU raced out to a 9-0 lead early -- the run capped by a Houston King three-pointer.

The Mountaineers clawed back and Torell Carter's three-pointer and two free throws minutes later made it 12-5 with 14 minutes left in the first half.

"They did a really good job in breaking our press," Hamilton said of the Mountaineers. "They caused us some problems early on in the game."

The Colonels got rolling again thanks to Anderson, Tre King and Brown.

Russhard Cruickshank found Anderson on the wing for a jumper to get the Colonels rolling on a 12-0 run.

Tre King nailed a jumper, Brown got a layup and Houston King sank back-to-back three pointers during the spurt to put the Colonels ahead by 19 points.

A minute later, Anderson drained a three-pointer and Ty Taylor had a breakaway lay-up to make it 29-7.

Brown got a free throw to make it 30-7, but Berea's Alex Aten had a terrific dunk seconds later and Carter made two free throw to cut the Colonel's lead back to 20 points with 7:50 to go till halftime.

Darius Hicks got the Colonels rolling again with five minutes left until halftime when he grabbed a defensive rebound and sank a three-pointer and two good free throws to make it 48-19.

Newcomers Michael Moreno and Tariq Balogun scored their first points as Colonels to finish off the first half.

Moreno scored a three-pointer and Balogun had a layup to give EKU a 54-21 lead at halftime.

"It felt pretty good," Moreno said of scoring. "I missed a lot of the summer because of my foot injury. It was great to be on the court with my teammates… I was trying to get a feel for them as they get a feel for me."

Hamilton said he was proud to see how many Colonels stepped up to share the load during the game.

"We have a lot more pieces. Russhard did a good job of pushing the ball up and down the floor," Hamilton said. "Darius got to play a basketball game tonight. He hasn't got to do that in two years. He's been going hard in practice but you can't simulate (everything) in practice. That was really important for him to play a game. I thought Jomaru was awesome. He had 13 deflections himself and Hobbs did what Hobbs does best," Hamilton said.

The Colonels didn't step off the gas in the second half.

EKU went on a 6-0 run to go up 60-21.

However, the Mountaineers answered with their own offensive spurt.

Berea out-scored EKU 15-5 to shave 10 points off the lead, 65-36, with 16:01 to go.

Isaac Caudill had a three-pointer and hit three free throws during the run.

The Colonels stepped on the gas once more with 12 minutes left.

EKU went on a 19-2 run fueled by a Moreno three-pointer and lay-up.

Cruickshank's jumper capped the run and made it a 50-point game, 92-42.

EKU's largest lead of 52, 96-44, came on a steal and lay-up by JacQuess Hobbs with 8:56 to play in the game.

A Balogun tip-in with 5:47 left in the game pushed the Colonels out to triple digits, 101-52.

"I was proud of how hard they played. We had some defensive breakdowns and we have some things we need to clean up, but overall I was very proud of how they played," Hamilton said of his team. "We have to get ready. We have a huge game on Tuesday."

Carter led the Mountaineers with 14 points and seven rebounds. Brady Whitaker had 11 points, while Caudill had eight and Andrew Doty and Dakota Mays had seven.

Ty Taylor had 13 points for EKU, Houston King had 12 points and four steals, Darius Hicks had 11 points and eight rebounds and Moreno finished with 10 points.

EKU opens the season on Tuesday at home against Chattanooga.

Berea will take on Lindsey Wilson on Tuesday in an exhibition game.

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