Nick Mayo Breaks All-Time EKU Scoring Record in Loss to Xavier

Posted at 12:07 AM, Dec 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-16 00:07:20-05

CINCINNATI, Ohio – Senior Nick Mayo became the all-time leading scorer in Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball history on Saturday night in the Colonels’ 95-77 loss at Xavier.

Mayo finished the game with 25 points, six rebounds, two assists and a career-high five steals. His three-pointer at the 10:58 mark of the first half gave him 1,835 career points, moving him past Matt Witt (2002-06) to No. 1 on EKU’s all-time scoring list.

The native of Oakland, Maine finished the night 9-of-13 from the field and 4-of-6 from deep.

Freshman Jomaru Brown came off the bench to tally 17 points, 13 of which came in the second half. He also dished out a career-high five assists.

Junior Dujuanta Weaver drained a career-high five three-pointers and finished with 15 points.

Quentin Goodin led six Musketeers in double figures with 16 points and 10 assists.

EKU (6-5) forced Xavier into 27 turnovers and scored 31 points off those miscues. The Colonels, however, shot only 33 percent from the free throw line (5-of-15).

Eastern grabbed its largest lead of the night, 23-16, when Mayo buried a three-pointer at the 10:22 mark of the first half. Soon after, Mayo went to the bench with his second foul, and Xavier took advantage.

The Musketeers outscored the Colonels, 31-10, over the final 10 minutes of the first half, and a jumper by Naji Marshall at the buzzer sent Xavier into the locker room at halftime up by 14, 47-33.

With Mayo back on the court to start the second half, EKU opened on a 7-0 run. A triple by Mayo cut the lead to seven, 47-40, less than two minutes into the half.

That was as close as EKU would get, though. A three-point play by Goodin at the 10:08 mark capped a 26-9 run and gave the Musketeers a 24-point advantage, 73-49. They stretched that lead all the way to 27. But EKU kept battling, trimming it down to 14 – 91-77 – on a dunk by Brown with just over a minute to play.

EKU returns to action next Saturday, December 22, when the Colonels travel to Pittsburgh to face Duquesne at 2 p.m. ET.