The Colonels (19-6, 13-5 OVC) had an awful offensive performance on Saturday night against Southeast Missouri State at the Show Me Center -- especially in the first half.
They shot just 36 percent overall, trailed by as much as 28 points and were handed their most lopsided loss of the season, 94-72.
"We got too comfortable. We came in here Saturday and we thought we could just win without coming with the same intensity," EKU guard Wendell Green Jr., said in a postgame radio interview.
A strange schedule quirk, however, gave EKU an unique opportunity to avenge that disappointing loss.
And they did just that.
The teams met again on Monday afternoon, once again at the Show Me Center, and this time around the Colonels put together a much better all-around performance.
Green Jr. had 23 points, four assists and four rebounds and EKU hit 14 three-pointers in a 87-65 win over the Redhawks (9-15, 7-11 OVC) in Cape Girardeau, Mo. The Colonels shot 51 from the field and forced 16 turnovers as they tied the program record for most Ohio Valley Conference wins (13).
"This was a great bounce-back game," Green Jr., said.
The game -- which was rescheduled from earlier this season -- marked the end of a grueling, seven-game, 14-day, three-state road swing for EKU. The Colonels were 5-2 during that stretch and remain in third place in the OVC standings.
"If this would have happened to us last year, we would have hard a hard time," EKU coach A.W. Hamilton said of the road trip. "For these guys to be gone for two weeks -- in hotels, in snowstorms -- and to come out of it 5-2, that speaks volumes about there character."
EKU will wrap up the regular season with home games against Belmont (Thursday) and Tennessee State (Saturday).
The Colonels shot 29 percent in the first half on Saturday and were never able to get back in the game.
They got off to a slow shooting start again on Monday.
Curt Lewis hit a three-pointer in the opening seconds before EKU missed 11-straight shots. SEMO pushed out to a 7-2 lead, but wasn't able to really take advantage of the Colonels' shooting struggles.
Green Jr., jump-started the offense, though.
The freshman hit three three-pointers that helped turn a five-point deficit into a three-point lead. Green had 18 points in the first half on 4-of-7 shooting fro three-point range.
"I have the ultimate confidence in myself," Green Jr., said. "Coach and my teammates have confidence in me and any shot I take."
The Colonels took control with a 12-0 run mid-way through the first half and never trailed again. The Redhawks went more than seven minutes without a point as EKU pushed out to a 17-point lead.
EKU was up 39-26 at halftime.
The Colonels forced three turnovers in the first 90 seconds of the first half, allowing them to take a 20- point lead (48-28).
SEMO out-rebounded EKU, 47-28, on Saturday, but the Colonels won the battle of the boards, 39-30, in the rematch.
Tre King had 15 points and five rebounds for the Colonels. Lewis had 14 points and five rebounds. Cooper Robb had 12 points and Davontae Blanton had 10 points and six rebounds.
Michael Moreno had six points and three assists. Tariq Balogun had four points and three rebounds. Peyton Broughton had three points.
SEMO shot 38 percent from the field and was 6-of-22 from the three-point range.
"We answered the bell," Hamilton said. "We did what we had to do on the road."