RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team picked up a 93-50 win over visiting Covenant College Tuesday evening in McBrayer Arena. EKU has now won five of its last six games and improved to 6-3.
Senior Mike Rose scored a career-high 33 points and became the first Colonel to reach the 30-point plateau since Matt Witt recorded 33 points in a win at Samford on Feb. 14, 2006. The guard rattled off 19 points in the first half while going 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) shooting from the floor. For the game, Rose netted 6-of-9 (66.7 percent) three-point attempts.
Junior Papa Oppong also reached double figures as the guard tallied 13 points. Freshman Jorge Camacho came off the bench to register personal highs in both points (10) and rebounds (eight).
For the Scots, Reed Crosson and J.R. Avery combined for 30 points. Chris Hall chipped in with six points and a game-best 12 rebounds.
Nine different Eastern players made a basket to start the game before freshman Deveyon Hunter scored on consecutive possessions to give the Colonels a 24-8 lead. Eastern Kentucky only turned the ball over twice in the first 20 minutes of action and took a commanding 49-26 advantage into halftime.
The Colonels made their first four field goal attempts in the second half, including three three-pointers, to quickly extend their cushion to 29 points. Covenant College would get no closer the rest of the way.
This was the first meeting between the two schools. Covenant College is an NAIA school located in Lookout Mountain, Ga.
Tuesday’s game counted as an exhibition contest for Covenant College.
The Colonels are back in action on Saturday, Dec. 13, when they travel to Ball State. Tip time is set for 2 p.m.