RICHMOND, Ky. — Jomaru Brown did all he could to help Eastern Kentucky in its rival game against Western Kentucky but the Colonels came up short, 79-71.
The EKU sophomore guard scored a career-high 41 points while hitting 16-28 from the field. He also had three steals, three rebounds and two assists. It was the most points scored by a Colonel since Lavoris Jerry poured in 41 against Eastern Illinois back in 2001.
The Colonels grabbed a lead in the first half at 21-16 but Western Kentucky went on a 9-1 run to take the lead. They'd use another 10-2 scoring advantage in the second half to push out to an 18 point lead. However, Eastern Kentucky kept whittling away at the lead but couldn't make a full comeback before falling by eight.
Brown was the only player in double figures for the Colonels. WKU had four in double figures led by Charles Bassey's 18 and he added 12 rebounds. Fromer Dunbar guard and Mr. Basketball, Taveion Hollingsworth, added 7 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
Eastern Kentucky drops to 2-2 on the season and returns to the home court on Tuesday to face Alice Lloyd at 7:00.