EKU wins again, off to best start since 1952-53 season

Posted at 11:25 PM, Jan 09, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-09 23:25:00-05

LEXINGTON NATIVE TRE KING SCORED A CAREER-BEST 29 POINTS AND THE EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY MEN’S BASKETBALL TEAM HIT 16 THREE-POINTERS IN A 90-80 VICTORY OVER TENNESSEE TECH UNIVERSITY ON SATURDAY AT MCBRAYER ARENA — Lexington native Tre King scored a career-best 29 points and the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team hit 16 three-pointers in a 90-80 victory over Tennessee Tech University on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. At 11-2, the Colonels are off to their best start since the 1952-53 season.

A 4:02 scoring drought in the second half by EKU allowed Tech to turn an 8-point deficit into a 1-point lead. Dane Quest finished off the 9-0 run with a lay-up at the 3:56 mark to put the visitors in front 78-77, but from that point Eastern (11-2, 5-1 OVC) out-scored the Golden Eagles 13-2.

Curt Lewis ended the drought with a 3-pointer from the left wing with 3:32 to go to put Eastern back on top by two. With the game tied at 80-80, Georgetown native Cooper Robb hit 3-pointers from the right corner on back-to-back possessions to give the home squad a 6-point cushion with less than two to go. King’s dunk with 1:12 left to play put an end to Tennessee Tech’s hopes for an upset.

Eastern Kentucky made 16-of-37 attempts from 3-point range (43.2 percent). Tech shot well from deep too, going 15-of-31 (48.4 percent).

King hit on 13-of-23 from the field, including 2-of-5 from 3-point range, and grabbed nine rebounds. Freshman point guard Wendell Green Jr. had 15 assists to go along with 10 points and two steals. Georgetown native Michael Moreno finished with 13 points and four boards. Robb made 3-of-5 from long range to finish with 11 points and five rebounds.

EKU had 26 assists on its 35 made field goals and out-rebounded the Golden Eagles 36-33.