EKU comes up short at home in 70-67 loss to TN Tech


RICHMOND, Ky. (AP) – Kajon Mack scored the final six points of the game – all at the free-throw line – and Tennessee Tech rallied for a 70-67 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night.

Mack scored 17 for the Golden Eagles (13-7, 5-2 Ohio Valley Conference) with four assists and two steals. He made just 3 of 16 shots from the floor, but made up for it with an 11-of-11 effort at the foul line. Curtis Phillips Jr. added 13 points, while Mason Ramsey and Corey Tillery each scored 10 and combined to pull down 11 rebounds.

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DeAndre Dishman scored 18 on 9-of-13 shooting with seven rebounds and three steals for the Colonels (8-12, 2-5). A.J. Youngman and Dujuanta Weaver both added 14 points and Nick Mayo chipped in with 12 points and seven boards.

The Golden Eagles led 36-32 at halftime, but Youngman hit a 3-pointer in an 8-0 run to open the second half to put the Colonels on top 39-36. Eastern Kentucky used another Youngman 3 to take a 59-53 lead with 7:20 left to play. Micaiah Henry’s dunk capped an 8-2 run and Tennessee Tech led 63-61 with four minutes remaining. Eastern Kentucky regained the lead 67-64 on two Dishman buckets and two Mayo free throws with 1:46 left, but the Golden Eagles held the Colonels scoreless the rest of the way and Mack took care of business at the charity stripe.

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