It's a new year and the Colonels will look to make good on the fresh start tonight when they open Ohio Valley Conference play by hosting Tennessee Tech at home.

Tip is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

The Colonels (3-10) ended 2019 on a rough note, suffering their eighth-straight loss on on Dec. 28 when they fell 82-74 to East Carolina.

EKU's skid is the program's longest losing streak in 19 years.

The Colonels last win was on Nov. 19 against Alice Lloyd College at home.

Despite the rough patch, EKU senior Lachlan Anderson said the team looks at tonight as a new beginning.

"When conference play starts, it's a new season. We work hard everyday and we've learned a lot during the non-conference season. We are now 0-0, this is when it matters the most," Anderson said.

On Saturday, sophomore Tre King recorded his first double-double of the season at East Carolina, scoring a career-high 18 points (all in the first half) and matching his career high with 12 rebounds.

Sophomore Jomaru Brown connected on a career-high 12 free throws at East Carolina (12-of-14) and finished with a game-high 25 points.

Junior JacQuess Hobbs did not score at East Carolina but dished out a season-best six assists. Hobbs has a 2.0 assist/turnover ratio (36/18) on the season.

Freshman Michael Moreno made his second career start at East Carolina and responded with 11 points and six rebounds. Moreno leads all OVC freshmen in offensive rebounding (2.2 offensive rebounds-per-game).

EKU ranks fourth in the country in steals-per-game (10.6). Five Colonels rank in the top-15 in the OVC in that category - Hobbs (fourth/1.9), Russhard Cruickshank (seventh/1.7), Brown (ninth/1.6), King (14th/1.2) and Ty Taylor (14th/1.2).

"I'm proud of my guys, I hate losing, but we played much better," EKU coach AW Hamilton said in a postgame radio interview on Saturday. "Now, we've got to get geared up for OVC play. These kids are fighting. They are fighting their tails off."

After a tough non-conference schedule, which included match ups with top-ranked in-state powerhouses Louisville and Kentucky, the Colonels will face a Tennessee Tech team that has dropped four-straight games.

The Golden Eagles (3-10) comes into tonight's game fresh off a 80-63 loss at Ole Miss on Dec. 29.

The Golden Eagles are led by Jr. Clay, who is averaging 10.4 points-per-game.

This will be the 139th all-time meeting between EKU and Tennessee Tech. Eastern leads the series, 75-63.

When competing in Richmond, the Colonels hold a 43-24 advantage over the Golden Eagles all time.

The Colonels and Golden Eagles split last season's matchups. TTU won (in Georgetown, Ky.), 91-85, on January 26. EKU escaped from Cookeville with a 67-66 victory on February 21.

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