RALEIGH, N.C. -- Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team led North Carolina State University by 10 in the first half, but couldn’t hold off a second half rally in a 75-56 loss on Saturday.
The Colonels (6-2) led 22-12 with 5:08 left in the first half and had a 27-21 advantage at the break. Eastern trailed by only three, 54-51, with six minutes left. However, the Wolfpack (4-2) went on a 17-0 run to put the game away.
Glenn Cosey led EKU with 14 points. Corey Walden finished with 13 points, five rebounds and four assists.
NCSU leading scorer T.J. Warren had four points in the first half but finished with 30 points and 11 rebounds.
The Wolfpack shot 66 percent in the second half and 50 percent for the game, despite making just 2-of-14 from behind the arc. Eastern Kentucky made 38 percent of its shots and was out-rebounded by 14.
Eastern used a 13-4 first half run to take its 10-point lead. Jeff Johnson, Timmy Knipp and Cosey each hit one three-pointer during the run. Cosey’s trey polished off the spurt.
The Wolfpack answered with a 9-2 run of their own to get within three. Cat Barber’s basket cut the deficit to 24-21 with 1:41 left. Neither team scored again until Cosey knocked down another three-pointer with one second left in the half to send the visitors to the locker room on top 27-21.
North Carolina State opened the second half with a 9-2 run to erase the Colonel advantage. Warren’s basket and free throw gave the Wolfpack a 30-29 lead, their first since it was 6-5 in the first half. Another Cosey three-pointer gave EKU its final lead, 35-32. N.C. State scored nine straight and never trailed again.
Eastern was down 54-51 with six minutes left to play, but the Colonels went 5:14 without scoring. The 17-0 run allowed the Wolfpack to take a 20-point lead, 71-51, on a lay-up by Warren with 1:58 left in the game.
The Colonels will be back in action on Thursday when they travel to face No. 24 Virginia Commonwealth. The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.