MOREHEAD, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team out-rebounded Morehead State University by eight, held the Eagles to 33 percent shooting and committed six fewer turnovers in a 68-47 road win on Saturday.
MSU (11-14, 5-6 OVC) entered the game having out-rebounded conference opponents by 11.5 boards per game but had only seven boards in the second half. The Eagles also ranked 12th in the nation with 9.6 steals per game, but had only five tonight.
The Colonels (19-6, 8-3 OVC) protected the ball well, turning it over only 11 times. EKU out-scored the home team 24-4 off turnovers.
Glenn Cosey scored a game-best 17 for the visitors. He also had six rebounds and four assists. Eric Stutz added 12 points. Mike DiNunno finished with eight points, five assists and only one turnover.
A 7-0 run early in the second half put Eastern Kentucky in front by double digits for good. DiNunno hit a three, and Cosey and Tarius Johnson both had lay-ups to turn an 8-point advantage into a 15-point lead, 39-24, with 16:45 to go.
A dunk by Corey Walden stretched the lead to 17 with 7:34 remaining. The Eagles had just 36 points at that time. A trey by Cosey made it a 20-point game for the first time with just a little more than four minutes left. The Colonels led by 20 or more the rest of the way.
Angelo Warner led Morehead State with 16 points.
The Colonels will play their next two games at McBrayer Arena, beginning Thursday with the first meeting of the season against Tennessee Tech. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Eastern has swept the season series from Morehead State for the first time since 2007.
Eastern Kentucky entered the game first in the OVC and fourth in the nation in turnover margin (-5.8).
EKU entered the game 10th in the country with an average of 8.8 three-pointers per game, but made only four tonight (4-for-20).
EKU leads the all-time series 106-74 and is now 38-44 in games played in Morehead.