EKU Faces Kennesaw State in ASUN Tournament


KENNESAW, Ga. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team will make its ASUN Conference Tournament debut against Kennesaw State University on Tuesday at the KSU Convocation Center in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Cooper Robb (EKU Athletics Photo by Corey Rush)

The game is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET and will air live on ESPN+. The live radio broadcast of the game is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com.

For those not traveling to Kennesaw, there will be a Watch Party at McBrayer Arena. Join other Colonels fans and watch the game on the big screen.

INSIDE THE SERIES

- Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series 4-0. The two teams played a home-and-home series in 2012 and 2013 with EKU picking up an 85-71 win in Richmond and a 68-60 victory in Kennesaw. On Nov. 19, 2018 the Colonels won 100-81 in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.

- The most recent meeting came on Feb. 3, 2022 in Richmond. EKU won 82-81 in triple overtime.

- Michael Moreno scored 21 points and grabbed nine rebounds for the Colonels in that game. Cooper Robb had 16 points, seven assists and six rebounds. Chris Youngblood hit six 3-pointers and finished with 20 points and eight rebounds for KSU.

THE COLONELS

- Eastern Kentucky finished the regular season at 13-17 and 5-11 in the ASUN after handing second-place Bellarmine a 14-point defeat, 72-58, on Saturday.

- Jomaru Brown was efficient against Bellarmine, scoring a game-best 22 points on 8-of-12 shooting from the field. He hit 4-of-5 from the free throw line, had three assists and one steal.

- Over his last five games, Moreno is averaging 18.2 points and 6.2 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.0 steals per game. During that span, he has hit on 49 percent of his shots from the field and 45 percent from behind the 3-point arc.

- Like he does regularly, Robb stuffed the stat sheet on Saturday against Bellarmine, finishing with 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals.

- The Colonels knocked down 14 three-pointers against Bellarmine. EKU is first in the ASUN, and fourth in the nation, in 3-pointers per game (11.73). Eastern Kentucky is third in the country in 3-pointers made (352) and first in 3-pointers attempted (1,001).

- With nine more steals this season, the Colonels will tie the program record of 321 set during the 2014-15 season.

SCOUTING THE OPPONENT

- Kennesaw State enters the ASUN Tournament 12-17 overall and 7-9 in ASUN play. The Owls lost four of their last five, including a 100-93 decision in overtime at Liberty on Saturday.

- Youngblood finished with 17 points against Liberty. Demond Robinson had 11 points and six rebounds. KSU shot 46 percent from the field and 54 percent (15-of-28) from 3-point range. The Owls turned the ball over just 12 times.

- Youngblood, a 6-foot-4 sophomore guard, leads the team in scoring (13.9 ppg) and is second in rebounding (5.3 rpg) on the season. Terrell Burdon, a 5-foot-10 junior guard, averages 11.7 points and a team-best 4.7 assists per game.

- As a team, KSU has averaged 75 points and allowed 71 per game. The Owls have made 46 percent of their shots from the floor and 36 percent from deep. Kennesaw State has out-rebounded its opponents by 2.8 per game and has committed 1.1 fewer turnovers.

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