The Colonels didn't find much success on the road early in the season.

They lost their first nine games played in any building other than McBrayer Arena.

A lot has changed since then, though.

EKU picked up its fourth-straight road Ohio Valley Conference victory on Thursday, beating Eastern Illinois, 91-84.

That success away from home has the Colonels (12-12, 9-2 OVC) within just one game of first place.

"These kids got heart and they are tough. They are resilient and they love each other and play together. It was a great team win tonight … We came in and expected to win this game and we are going to keep fighting to win," Eastern Kentucky coach A.W. Hamilton said in a post-game radio interview.

The Colonels can stay in the hunt for a title today when they take on SIU-Edwardsville.

Game time is set for 4:30 p.m. in Edwardsville, Ill.

The win over EIU on Thursday moved the Colonels to 9-2 in the OVC for the first time since 1979.

It also kept EKU in third place.

However, Murray State (10-1) and Austin Peay (10-1) both suffered their first league losses Thursday in Nashville.

Those results tightened up the race at the top of the OVC standings.

Belmont (8-3) is in fourth place, just a game behind EKU.

The Colonels already have a win over SIUE this season. They topped the Cougars 78-72 on Jan. 11 in Richmond.

Jomaru Brown had 20 points as four Colonels reached double-figures in scoring.

SIUE is 2-9 in the OVC and has lost four-straight games. The Cougars were handed a 58-49 loss at home Thursday to Morehead State.

A win over SIUE today would mark another historic significant milestone for the Colonels.

EKU has won 10 or more league games only 15 times since joining the OVC in 1948-49 — the last time coming in 2014-2015.

Brown is the second-leading scorer during OVC play. The sophomore guard is averaging 21.8 points a game.

Tre King had a career-high 22 points against EIU, including four dunks. He is currently ninth in field goal percentage (56 percent) during OVC play.

The Colonels continue to lead the league in steals (230) and turnover margin (+4.62).

EKU women looking to snap skid

The EKU women's basketball team will try to snap a five-game losing streak today on the road against SIU-Edwardsville.

Game time is set for 6:15 p.m.

The Colonels (8-14, 2-9 OVC) beat the Cougars (1-10, 3-19) on Jan. 11 in Richmond.

SIUE has lost nine-straight games.

EKU fell to Eastern Illinois, 85-38, Thursday in Charleston, Ill.

I’Liyah Green led the way for the Colonels posting 11 points, six rebounds, one block and one steal.

Green ranks fifth in the Ohio Valley Conference in blocks per game.

Catie Kaifes ranks seventh in the OVC in three-point field goal percentage.

The Colonels rank fourth in field goal percentage defense.

SIUE fell to Morehead State, 63-55, Thursday in overtime at home.

Allie Troeckler posted 10 points and nine rebounds for the Cougars.

Christen King chipped in a team-best 14 points off the bench.

SIUE ranks fifth in OVC play in rebounding margin.

Mikia Keith ranks second in conference play in steals per game.

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