RICHMOND, Ky. –Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team tied an Ohio Valley Conference record with 20 three-pointers during a 114-45 rout of visiting Warren Wilson College.
The Colonels (3-1) used first half runs of 22-0 and 29-4 to build a large lead and never looked back.
Eastern continues its four-game home stand on Saturday against High Point University. The Panthers are the preseason favorite to win the Big South Conference North Division. EKU edged HPU 73-70 on the road last season.
EKU’s 20 three-pointers tied the record set by Southeast Missouri last season against Austin Peay. The Colonels finished 20-for-39 from behind the arc for 51.3 percent. Glenn Cosey hit 6-of-10 from deep and finished with a game-best 26 points. He also had nine assists and no turnovers.
After the Owls (2-5) tied the game 3-3, EKU scored the next 22 points. Timmy Knipp’s three-pointer capped the run and made it a 25-3 game. WWC added a couple of baskets and trailed by 20, 29-9, when Eastern went on a 29-4 run. Marcus Lewis and Devein Muff each had impressive dunks. Cosey’s lay-up with 1:34 left in the first half polished off the run and gave the Colonels a 58-13 advantage.
Eastern led 61-17 at the break after shooting 73 percent from the field in the opening stanza. The Owls had more turnovers (18) than field goals attempted (17). EKU outscored the visitors 23-0 off turnovers.
The Colonels never took their foot off the gas, going up by 60 midway through the second half on another Cosey three-pointer. A Lewis dunk with 8:33 to go pushed the margin to 68 points. Herb Harrison’s jumper in the final minute gave Eastern its largest lead of 71 points.
Orlando Williams finished with 22 points and Knipp added a career-high 20 points.
Warren Wilson turned the ball over 32 times and Eastern out-scored the visitors 42-7 off turnovers. EKU shot 61.5 percent from the field.
Ty Johnson led the Owls with 15 points. Timur Oktay added 12.
Eastern Kentucky scored 100 or more points for the first time since Dec. 3, 2011 when the Colonels beat Brescia 107-43.
Glenn Cosey set a new EKU career-best with 26 points. His previous best was 23 at Chattanooga last season.
Timmy Knipp’s 22 points set a new career-high. His previous best was 13 last season at Belmont.