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Colonels off to best start in 66 years, roll past Delaware State

RICHMOND, Ky. – Two first half runs were enough to send Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team to its best start in 66 years. The Colonels built a 20-point halftime lead and rolled to an 84-51 win over Delaware State University on Wednesday at McBrayer Arena.

The last time EKU was 6-0 was the first day of 1947. Harry Truman was president, a gallon of gas costs 15 cents and a postage stamp was three cents.

The Hornets (3-5) scored the first basket of the game, but the Colonels scored the next five points and never trailed again. Eastern used a 13-2 run to turn a six-point lead into a 17-point margin. Glenn Cosey capped the run with his fourth three-pointer in as many attempts that gave the home squad a 28-11 advantage.

With a 30-17 lead, EKU put the game away with an 11-2 run that stretched the margin to 22 points. This time an old-fashioned three-point play by Cosey polished off the run. Jeff Johnson’s outlet pass got the fast break going. Mike DiNunno found a streaking Cosey with a one-handed pass to the basket for a lay-up and a foul. The ensuing free throw made it 41-19 with 3:43 left in the first half.

This edition of the Colonels made history by their unselfish play. EKU had 26 assists on 34 made field goals.

Cosey had 19 points at the break on 7-of-9 shooting from the field and 4-for-5 from behind the arch. He finished with 21 points, five assists and four steals.

Eastern was comfortably ahead 56-39 with 11 minutes left in the game when Marcus Lewis and Corey Walden engineered an 18-0 run to make it a blow-out. The two combined for 12 of the 18 points. Eric Stutz finished it off with a tip-in for the Colonels’ largest lead of 35 points, 74-39.

EKU shot 53 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range (11-for-26). Delaware State made just 3-of-14 from deep for 21 percent. The Colonels turned 20 Hornet turnovers into 36 points. Eastern turned it over only eight times.

Lewis finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Stutz and DiNunno both contributed 11 points. DiNunno also had six assists.

Miles Bowman led DSU with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

The Colonels conclude their seven-game season-opening home stand on Saturday when Western Carolina visits McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

For the first time this season, someone other than Deverin Muff scored Eastern’s first points of the game. Glenn Cosey made a lay-up and then followed with a three-pointer from the corner and another trey from the wing to account for EKU’s first eight points.

Junior guard Glenn Cosey scored 11 of Eastern’s first 13 points of the game.

Eastern Kentucky remains the only unbeaten team in the Ohio Valley Conference and one of seven unbeaten mid-major teams in the nation.

EKU’s 6-0 start is tied for the fourth best in program history. Eastern also started 6-0 in 1936-37. The program’s best starts are 12-0 (1943-44), 11-0 (1946-47) and 9-0 (1939-40).

The Colonels shot over 50 percent from the field for the fourth time in six games this season.

This is Eastern Kentucky’s first six-game winning streak since winning seven in a row during the 2006-07 season.

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