After a nine-day break, the Colonels will return to the court today when they face South Carolina Upstate in Spartanburg, S.C.

Tip-off at the Hodge Center is scheduled for 6 p.m.

EKU (3-4) enter tonight’s game after a 65-51 loss to Cleveland State on Nov. 23 at the Battle for the Capital.

The Colonels also fell to Florida International, 89-70, in Washington D.C.

Despite the losses, the Colonels put together some impressive performances in the event.

Junior Darius Hicks pulled down a career-high 15 rebounds against Cleveland State, which was tied for the most rebounds by a Colonel in a single game since at least 2003-2004.

The junior currently ranks third in the OVC in rebounding (8.6 rebounds-per-game).

Senior Ty Taylor was voted the OVC Newcomer of the Week on Nov. 25. He averaged 16 points and 5.3 rebounds-per-game while shooting 41 percent from deep over three games from Nov. 19 through 23. He was also named to the Battle for the Capital All-Tournament Team.

Sophomore Jomaru Brown went 19-of-24 from the free throw line in two games in Washington D.C. He now ranks 10th in the OVC in free throw percentage (77.8 percentage).

EKU currently leads the OVC and ranks third in the country in steals-per-game (11.4). The Colonels rank second in the country in turnovers forced-per-game (22.7).

EKU also leads the OVC in free throw percentage (75.2 percent), turnover margin (+5.4) and three-point field goal percentage defense (26.8 percentage).

This will be only the second all-time meeting between EKU and USC-Upstate. The Colonels defeated the Spartans, 79-77, last December in Richmond.

Senior Lachlan Anderson had 12 points, seven rebounds, three blocks and two steals in that win.

USC Upstate (1-7) won its season opener but has lost seven-straight.

The Spartan’s most recent game was an 83-47 loss to Charlotte on Saturday.

USC-Upstate was led in scoring by sophomore guard Bryson Mozone. The Palmetto State native ended the game with a tea-high nine points in 24 minutes of action. Tommy Bruner added eight points off the bench, while Nevin Zink recorded six rebounds to lead the Spartans on the glass.

Everette Hammond is the only Spartan averaging double figures (11.0 points-per-game).

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