OVC MEN: Colonels top JSU in overtime for 500th win at McBrayer Arena

The Colonels missed 26 three-pointers on Thursday night at McBrayer Arena against Ohio Valley Conference rival Jacksonville State.

They didn't stop firing away, though.

"Just keep shooting, no matter what," EKU's Curt Lewis said. "They are going to have to drop sooner or later."

They dropped at the most important time.

Lewis and Michael Moreno hit three-pointers late in regulation.

Lewis also connected again from deep in overtime.

The Colonels (10-2, 4-1 OVC) hit only six three-pointers, but still battled to a 69-62 win over the Gamecocks (7-3, 3-1 OVC).

The victory was the 500th for EKU all-time at Alumni Coliseum.

"It couldn't have been more special," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said of the milestone victory. "It wasn't pretty. It was two really good teams going head-to-head."

The game featured 20 lead changes and 11 ties.

Neither team led by more than five points.

The Gamecocks forced overtime on a Darian Adams jumper with six seconds left in regulation that tied the game at 62-62.

EKU missed its first seven shots of OT and trailed 66-62 with 2:37 left.

Lewis connected on a three-pointer that got the Colonels within a point.

"The kid had the confidence to raise up and shoot those threes," Hamilton said of Lewis. "He came into the game shooting 18 percent from the three-point line and you would have thought he was shooting 45 percent. I'm really proud of him."

Lewis had hit only five three-pointers all season. The freshman was 2-of-3 from deep on Thursday.

"Keep shooting. Keep shooting," Lewis said.

The Colonels went back in front for good on a jumper by Wendell Green, Jr., with 1:34 left in OT. The freshman added two free throws moments later.

"He is the toughest, most competitive kid that we have got," Hamilton said of Green, Jr.

EKU's defense held JSU scoreless for the final 160 seconds of overtime.

"We still found a way to win," Hamilton said. "I thought our defense was absolutely incredible."

EKU jumped out to a 4-0 lead and had a 29-28 advantage at halftime.

JSU battled back and took its biggest advantage of the game at 55-50 with 4:43 left in regulation.

"We knew it was going to be a dogfight," Lewis said. "We knew how much it meant. Being 4-1 (in the OVC) is huge."

Both teams struggled offensively.

The Colonels shot just 33.7 percent and were 7-of-12 at the line.

Jacksonville State was 3-of-22 from three-point range and shot just 33.3 percent overall. The Gamecocks, however, did out-rebound EKU, 58-47.

EKU's Tre King had 16 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks before fouling out.

Green Jr., had 15 points and six rebounds. Lewis had 13 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Knapper had 12 points.

Moreno had eight points and Cooper Robb added five points.

Brandon Huffman had 16 points and 16 rebounds for EKU. Juwan Purdue had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

"We finally wore them down and pulled away at the end," Hamilton said.

EKU is set to return to action Saturday at home against Tennessee Tech.

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