EKU tops CSU 70-65

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NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Trailing by five with just less than five minutes to go in the game, the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team held Charleston Southern University scoreless the rest of the game and won by five, 70-65, on Friday night at Buccaneer Field House.

The Buccaneers used a 10-5 run midway through the second half to break a 55-55 tie.  After a basket by Javis Howard with 9:37 showing on the clock, CSU’s final six points of the run came at the free throw line.  That bucket was the final field goal for Charleston Southern in the game.  Jamaal David’s free throw at the 4:57 mark finished off the run and put the home team in front 65-60, but was his team’s final point in the game.

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An offensive rebound and put back by DeAndre Dishman got Eastern within two, 65-63.  Moments later Dishman’s dunk gave the lead to EKU for good, 66-65, with 2:01 left to play.  The Colonels still had that same one-point lead when CSU’s Cortez Mitchell missed two free throws with 16.8 seconds left in the game that would have put the Buccaneers in front.  Freshman Dedric Boyd made both of his free throws at the other end.  Christian Keeling’s three-point attempt to tie the game with six ticks on the clock just missed.  Dishman secured the rebound with 1.7 seconds remaining and then hit two free throws to set the final score.

Boyd led the Colonels (5-6) with 19 points.  Dishman had 10 points and a game-best eight rebounds.  He went 3-for-3 from the field and 4-of-6 at the free throw line.  Nick Mayo contributed 15 points.  Zach Charles had 10 points and seven rebounds.

Keeling finished with a game-high 26 for Charleston Southern (4-5).  He scored 10 of his points on 11 free throw attempts.

The Buccaneers out-shot Eastern Kentucky, 45 percent to 39 percent, but the Colonels out-scored CSU at the free throw line by six, out-rebounded Charleston Southern by eight, and turned 14 offensive rebounds into 14 second-chance points.

After a basket by Phlandrous Fleming put the home team in front 19-11 the Colonels rolled off a 23-7 run, aided by strong rebounding and a pressure defense, to go in front by eight.  An old-fashioned three-point play by Dishman and traditional three-pointers from Boyd and Dillon Avare got the run started and gave Eastern its first lead of the game, 20-19, with 9:36 left in the first half.  Boyd hit two 3-pointers later, the second of which stretched the margin to eight, 34-26, with 5:21 on the clock and finished off the 23-7 run.

Two free throws from Mayo, a three-pointer from the left corner by Avare and back-to-back buckets by Charles allowed the Colonels to go on top by 13, 43-30, with less than 30 seconds remaining.  The Buccaneers ended the first half with a four-point play by Keeling to cut the margin to seven.

CSU came out of the locker room at the break and started the second stanza with a 19-5 run to take a 55-48 lead.

The Colonels will be back at home on Monday against visiting Norfolk State University.  The game will begin at 8 p.m.

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com