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EKU's Dinunno picks up pre-season honor

RICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s Mike DiNunno recently earned a preseason honor. The senior guard was chosen third team Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by CollegeSportsMadness.com.

DiNunno was an OVC All-Newcomer team selection last season. He is the team’s top returning scorer after averaging 9.5 points per game in 2011-12. He was a two-time OVC Newcomer of the Week (Nov. 14 & Jan. 30) and ranked 29th in the league in scoring. DiNunno led the team with 89 assists and ranked 11th in the OVC with 2.8 assists per game. He also led the team with 49 steals and ranked sixth in the OVC with 1.5 steals per game.

The Chicago, Ill., native shot a team-best 81.1 percent from the free throw line. DiNunno’s 33 points at Tennessee State (Jan. 28) were a career-best and the most by a Colonel during the 2011-12 season. He also tied the program record with seven three-pointers at TSU.

The Colonels open their 2012-13 season on Nov. 9 at home against Cincinnati Christian. The game is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. EKU will play its first seven games at home, including hosting the Comfort Suites Invitational on Nov. 9, 16-19.

Eastern Kentucky finished the 2011-12 season with a 16-16 record and advanced to the OVC Tournament for the 10th straight season. Eastern is one of only four teams to earn spots in each of the last 10 conference tournaments. Two starters and a total of eight letter winners return for the 2012-13 season.

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