HIGH POINT, N.C. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team held on for a 73-70 win over High Point University on Friday night. Senior Mike DiNunno tied his season-best with 22 points and hit all four of his free throws in the final 30 seconds to help secure the win.
High Point (4-6) took a 58-56 lead on a dunk by John Brown with 5:08 left in the game but the Colonels (10-2) scored the next six points and never trailed again. Corey Walden’s basket tied it, 58-58, for the ninth and final time. DiNunno’s lay-up capped the spurt and gave Eastern a 62-58 lead with just over three minutes to play.
The Panthers got within two five times but EKU answered each time. The Colonels made 8-of-10 free throws in the final two minutes.
DiNunno made 6-of-12 from the field, including 4-of-9 from three-point range. He also added five rebounds and five assists. Corey Walden contributed 13 points and six rebounds. Glenn Cosey finished with 12 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.
Brown, HPU’s leading scorer, only had two points at halftime, but finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds. Allan Chaney added 14 points.
Eastern shot 50 percent in the second half and 44 percent for the game. The Colonels knocked down a season-best 22 free throws on 29 attempts (76 percent). High Point shot 38 percent for the game.
The Colonels will return to action on December 30 at West Virginia. Tip-off is scheduled for 4 p.m.