The Colonels began the 2019-2020 season with plenty of big goals.

One of the most important objectives, though, was to qualify for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament for the first time in 2015.

A win over long-time rival Morehead State on Thursday locked up a long-awaited return to the postseason for EKU (13-13, 10-3 OVC).

Now, the Colonels are ready to set their sights on even bigger goals.

"We're not finished yet," EKU sophomore guard Jomaru Brown said in a postgame radio interview on Thursday. "I know we have a few more in us ... We've just got to get back to practice and get ready for Saturday."

With five games left in the regular season, the Colonels are just one game out of first place.

And they are set for a showdown with one of the two teams ahead of them in the standings.

The Colonels will face Austin Peay (17-9, 11-2 OVC) today in Clarkville, Tenn.

Game time is set for 5:30 p.m.

Austin Peay and Murray State (18-7, 11-2) are tied for first place, while Belmont (19-7, 10-3) and EKU are tied for second place.

Those four teams are, realistically, the only ones left in the hunt for an OVC title.

"We have a lot to play for," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said. "They are relentless. We have put ourselves in a good position."

The Colonels moved into even better position with a 78-71 win over Morehead State Thursday on the road.

Brown finished with 19 points and career-best nine assists. Morehead State shot just 12 percent from three-point range (3-of-25) and EKU shot a season-best 55.2 percent from the field.

The Govs are also coming off a big rivalry win.

Peay beat Murray State, 71-68, at home on Thursday. Terry Taylor is averaging a double-double on the season for the Governors -- 22.1 points and 10.5 rebounds a game.

EKU women set to take on Peay

The EKU women's basketball team will carry a two-game OVC winning streak into a match-up with Austin Peay today in Clarksville, Tenn.

Game time is set for 2:30 p.m.

The Colonels defeated Morehead State, 68-47, Thursday on the road. That victory moved them into a tie for ninth place in the conference standings with five regular-season games left.

Only the top eight teams move on to the OVC Tournament.

Teri Goodlett led the way for the Colonels against Morehead State, posting a game-high 17 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals.

Qay Stanton posted 11 points, tied a career-high seven assists and had five steals.

Austin Peay comes into the contest at 14-10 (5-8 OVC), after knocking off rival Murray State, 69-61, Thursday at home.

Brandy Ferby had a game-best 20 points and three rebounds in the win against the Racers.

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