CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team remained undefeated after jumping out to an 11-0 lead and never trailing in a 63-52 victory at Chattanooga on Saturday.
After a week off from game action during finals exams, the Colonels will put their unbeaten record on the line at No. 13 Illinois on Sunday, December 16.
Eastern Kentucky continues its best start in 66 years. The last time EKU started a season with more than five straight wins was in 1946-47 when the “Maroons” won their first 11 games. Eastern’s 9-0 start is tied for the third best in program history. EKU’s best starts have been 12-0 (1943-44), 11-0 (1946-47) and 9-0 (1939-40).
The Colonels’ nine-game winning streak is their longest since winning 10 in a row during the 1964-65 season.
Glenn Cosey and Mike DiNunno got the Colonels off to a quick start as Eastern scored the first 11 points of the game. Cosey scored the first six and DiNunno scored the next five. UTC had seven turnovers and only one field goal attempt in the first four minutes. The Mocs got on the board at the 16:06 mark with a free throw. A three-pointer by Cosey capped the quick start and had EKU on top 14-1.
Chattanooga stemmed the tide and got within six, 16-10, before Eastern went on a 12-4 run to stretch its lead to 28-14. Cosey’s third three-pointer polished off the run with 3:13 left in the opening period. The Colonels scored the final five points of the half, including another trey by Cosey, to take a 15-point lead – 33-18 – into the locker room at the break.
EKU scored 15 points off 12 Moc turnovers in the first half. UTC scored just two points off Eastern’s seven giveaways.
The lead continued to grow in the second half. A lay-up by DiNunno pushed the margin to over 20 for the first time, 49-28, with 13:30 left in the game. Cosey’s sixth and final three-pointer gave Eastern its largest lead, 56-33, with 8:04 to go. However, EKU scored only seven more points the rest of the game.
After the game was in hand, Chattanooga ran off 10 unanswered to close within 13. In the final 11 seconds the Mocs got as close as 11.
Cosey finished with 23 points on 8-of-15 shooting. He hit 6-for-12 from three-point range, one shy of tying the school record of seven treys. The junior also had six rebounds, five assists and three steals. DiNunno had 12 points and six assists.
Tip-off at Illinois is scheduled for 6 p.m. ET.