RICHMOND, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will host Southeast Missouri in its home finale on Thursday night at McBrayer Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. ET.
Thursday is Senior Night at McBrayer Arena. Seniors Dillon Avare and Zach Charles will be honored before tip.
WHAT TO KNOW
- EKU (10-19, 4-12 OVC) stunned red-hot Tennessee State, 72-59, in Nashville last Saturday night to keep its postseason hopes alive. The Tigers had won seven straight games heading into Saturday.
- The Colonels are now battling SIUE (9-18, 5-11 OVC) and UT Martin (9-20, 4-12 OVC) for the eighth and final spot in the OVC Tournament.
- Junior Nick Mayo scored a game-high 25 points in the win over TSU. He moved past Turk Tillman (1978-80) and Corey Walden (2012-15) to No. 8 on EKU’s all-time scoring list (1,533 points).
- Mayo shot 64.3 percent from the field in two games last week (18-of-28). He is averaging 23.0 points-per-game over EKU’s last seven games.
- Avare knocked down five three-pointers and finished with a season-high 15 points at TSU. He has now hit more than 100 three-pointers in his career (103).
- Charles recorded his first double-double of the season (and third of his career) at Tennessee State, scoring 11 points and grabbing 13 boards.
- Freshman point guard JacQuess Hobbs played 38 minutes at Tennessee State. Hobbs ranks 12th in the OVC in assists (3.4 assists-per-game) and sixth in the OVC in assist/turnover ratio (2.4) during league play.
- EKU shot a season-best 53.3 percent (24-of-45) from the field at TSU. The Tigers had held their last six opponents to a combined 39 percent shooting from the floor.
SCOUTING THE OPPONENT
- Southeast Missouri (14-15, 8-8 OVC) arrives in Richmond having won four straight games.
- Denzel Mahoney leads the Redhawks and ranks second in the OVC in scoring at 19.3 points-per-game.
- This is the 51st all-time meeting between EKU and SEMO. The Colonels lead the series, 30-20, and they won in Cape Girardeau, 91-86, in January.