RICHMOND, Ky. – With two games left in the regular season, Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team will take to the road for a pair of games beginning at Tennessee Tech on Thursday.
The game is scheduled to begin at 8:30 p.m. The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A FREE live video broadcast of the contest is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.
With their win over Austin Peay, the Colonels (22-7, 11-3 OVC) tied the school record for wins in a season.
The first time these two teams met, senior Mike DiNunno led four Colonels in double figures with 21 points as Eastern Kentucky beat Tennessee Tech, 80-69.
TTU led by three at halftime and expanded its lead to five at the 14:27 mark of the second half. However, EKU responded with a 14-2 run – capped by an unlikely three-pointer from the top of the key by sophomore big man Eric Stutz – to take a 57-50 advantage with 9:30 to play in the game. The Colonels never trailed again, slowly pulling away.
Juniors Glenn Cosey and Tarius Johnson contributed 17 and 13 points, respectively, while Stutz scored 14 points and grabbed a team-high seven rebounds. Dennis Ogbe and Jud Dillard paced the Golden Eagles with 17 points apiece, while Jeremiah Samarrippas went for 15 and seven assists.
With the win the Colonels secured their first 20-win season since 2009-10 and the eighth 20-win campaign in program history. Eastern also clinched its 11th straight appearance in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament. EKU has since secured a top-4 seed in the tourney.
Eastern Kentucky shot a season low 32.8 percent from the field against Valparaiso on Saturday. Eastern tied its season-low with 20 field goals. Valpo’s 68.2 percent shooting from the field was the highest by an opponent this season.
Tennessee Tech is 11-16 this season and 4-10 in conference play. The Golden Eagles have won two straight and three of five.
Dillard, a 6-foot-5 senior guard, does it all for TTU. He leads the team in scoring (19 ppg) and rebounding (8 rpg). He has made 46 percent of his shots from the field. Since the two teams met on Feb. 14, Ogbe, a 6-foot-7 forward, has increased his scoring average by a point per game to 10.5.
As a team, Tennessee Tech scores 65 points and allows 67 per game. The Golden Eagles have made 43 percent of their shots from the field, including 32 percent from outside the arc.
On Saturday, Tech beat Missouri-Kansas City 68-62. The Golden Eagles shot 46 percent from the field. Dillard scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Ogbe contributed 16 points and eight boards.
Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series 69-56, but the Golden Eagles are 34-26 in games played in Cookeville.