RICHMOND, Ky. – On Senior Night in McBrayer Arena, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team led from start to finish in a 73-51 victory over Ohio. The Colonels (18-10) have now won four straight games and handed Ohio (13-13) its sixth consecutive road loss.
Freshman Jorge Camacho paced EKU with a personal-high 17 points, 12 of which came in the first half. Senior Mike Rose recorded his third double-double of the season (14 points, 10 rebounds) while junior Josh Taylor and sophomore Justin Stommes each chipped in with 13 points.
With his 14 points, Rose moved up to second place on the EKU all-time scoring list. The guard now has 1,731 career points.
Jerome Tillman led the Bobcats with 19 points on 70 percent (7-of-10) shooting from the floor. The forward hauled in a team-high eight rebounds as well.
Eastern Kentucky came out of the gates on fire, scoring 12 of the first 15 points. A three-pointer from junior Papa Oppong gave the Colonels their largest lead of the half, 37-19, with 5:44 left. The home squad shot 66.7 percent (18-of-27) from the floor in the first 20 minutes and took a 42-26 cushion into halftime.
Camacho and Taylor each scored 12 points in the first half for Eastern. Taylor was 5-for-6 from the field with two three-pointers while Camacho came off the bench to net 6-of-8 field goal attempts.
Ohio scored the first five points of the second half to creep within 11 points, but the Eastern defense held the Bobcats to just four more points over the next nine minutes to thwart off any comeback attempt.
With the win, the Colonels improve to 3-0 against MAC opponents this year. Eastern defeated Akron and Ball State earlier in the season. This was also EKU’s first ever win against Ohio (1-3). The two teams last played in 1989.
Eastern Kentucky concludes the regular season next week with two road OVC games. First up is league leader UT Martin on Thursday, Feb. 26.