RICHMOND, Ky. – Junior Lachlan Anderson came off the bench and exploded for a career-high 22 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team to a 107-52 win over Midway on Tuesday night at McBrayer Arena.
Anderson, a native of Sydney, Australia, paced five Colonels in double figures, finishing 7-of-12 from the field and 8-of-9 from the free throw line to record his first-career double-double.
Senior Nick Mayo was dominant in the first half, before resting most of the second half. He finished with an impressive stat line of 18 points, nine rebounds, four assists, three steals and two blocks. Sophomore Peyton Broughton chipped in 13 points, junior Jordan Oakley added a career-high 12 points and freshman Jomaru Brown came off the bench to score 11.
Junior Kelvin Robinson dished out 10 assists on the night, becoming the first Colonel with a double-digit assist game since Jacquess Hobbs at Marshall in December of 2017.
Midway (3-2) pulled to within seven of EKU (2-1) when Jose Bustamante drained a three-pointer to make it 26-19 with 11:35 remaining in the first half. The Colonels, however, responded with a 17-0 run to pull away. A pair of free throws by Mayo made it 43-19 with 5:18 on the clock. The Colonels went into the break up by 25, 52-27.
Anderson and the Colonels really began to assert themselves in the second half. Bustamante knocked down another three to open the half for Midway, but a 20-4 EKU run followed, putting to rest any chance of a comeback.
A free throw by sophomore Cameron Carmical gave Eastern a 73-34 lead with 13:10 left in the game. The Colonels took their largest lead of the night when redshirt freshman Mason Cooper buried a three-pointer to make it 106-50 with under two minutes to play.
It is the first time EKU has scored more than 100 points in a game in nearly three years (November 25, 2015).
EKU will now head to the U.S. Virgin Islands for the 2018 Paradise Jam. The Colonels take on Kansas State on Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET.