CHARLESTON, Ill. – Senior guard Glenn Cosey broke the school record, and tied the Ohio Valley Conference mark, with 10 three-pointers as the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team rolled to a 100-81 victory at Eastern Illinois University on Thursday.
Cosey broke the school record of seven three-pointers with 12:26 left in the game. He tied the Ohio Valley Conference record with his 10th at the 9:04 mark. Ironically, the OVC record was set by Marc Polite of Eastern Illinois.
Cosey finished with 34 points, going 11-of-14 from the field, including 10-for-12 from behind the arc. He also had six assists and no turnovers. Corey Walden added 17 points and Marcus Lewis contributed 14 points.
A pair of first half runs allowed EKU to put the game away early. The Colonels led by only three before using a 16-5 run to build a 14-point cushion. Cosey scored eight of the 16 on two three-pointers and two free throws. Timmy Knipp’s bucket at the 10:32 mark capped the run and made it 30-16 in favor of the road team.
Eastern Kentucky was in front by 10, 36-26, when a 10-0 run stretched the margin to 20 for the first time. Walden scored the first five points of the run. A basket by Orlando Williams with 3:13 left in the first half finished off the spurt.
The Colonels scored 10 of the first 14 points of the second half to build a 26-point margin, 66-40. Cosey’s school record-tying seventh three-pointer and a free throw by Deverin Muff stretched the lead to 30, 72-42, with 14:41 remaining in the game.
Sherman Blanford had a team-best 23 points and a game-best six rebounds for the Panthers.
EKU shot 60 percent from the field and 50 percent (16-of-32) from three-point range. EIU connected on 53 percent of its shots from the field.
The Colonels continue their OVC road trip at Southern Illinois Edwardsville on Saturday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET and the game will air live on Fox Sports Midwest.
Eastern Kentucky entered the game ranked 19th in the latest CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25.
Records are not complete, but at least five other Colonels made seven three-pointers in a game on seven occasions.
Glenn Cosey (131) moved to 10th place on EKU’s all-time three-pointers made list. He knocked former teammate Mike DiNunno from the top-10
Glenn Cosey tied his career-high with six three-pointers in the first half.
Marc Polite of Eastern Illinois set the previous OVC record of 10 three-pointers in a game against Arkansas State in 1999-00.
With 56 points in the first half and 44 in the second, Eastern ran its streak to six straight halves of scoring 40 or more.
The game featured the top two scoring defense teams in the OVC. EKU entered the game leading the league, allowing just 67.1 points per game. Eastern Illinois was second at 69.8 points per contest.
EKU has won its Ohio Valley Conference opener three seasons in a row.
The Colonels (78.3 ppg) entered the game as the fourth-best scoring team in the conference while the Panthers (60.7 ppg) were last in scoring.
EKU began the week fourth in the nation in steals (133) and fifth with 10.2 per game. The Colonels had 12 against EIU.
EKU began the week with the third best turnover margin in the nation (+7.4). Eastern Kentucky committed six fewer turnovers than Eastern Illinois.
In their two most recent games, the Colonels had made 24 three-pointers, shooting 48.9 percent (24-for-49) from behind the arc. EKU finished 16-of-32 (50 percent) from long range against Eastern Illinois.
Eastern Kentucky improved to 7-0 this season when scoring 80 or more points. The Colonels are now 43-6 under Jeff Neubauer when scoring 80 or more.
EIU’s Chris Olivier, a transfer from Northern Iowa, became eligible to play at the end of the fall semester. In his first three games with the Panthers he averaged 10.7 points and 5.7 rebounds. He was held to two points and four rebounds by EKU.
Eastern Kentucky now leads the all-time series with Eastern Illinois, 22-13, and is 7-10 in games played in Charleston.