Colonels fall to Austin Peay, ends streak of nine-straight wins

Wendell Green led the Colonels with 25 points to go along with nine assists and two steals.

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RICHMOND, Ky. (EKU Athletics) – Eastern Kentucky cut a 17-point second half deficit to three, but couldn’t get over the hump in a 94-79 loss to Austin Peay on Thursday at McBrayer Arena.

EKU will host in-state rival Murray State on Saturday at 4 p.m.

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Mike Peake’s tip-in with 19:32 left in the game gave the Governors a 55-38 lead. However, the Colonels scored the next 14 points. Michael Moreno, Cooper Robb, Russhard Cruickshank and Wendell Green Jr. hit four consecutive three-pointers. EKU made its first three attempts from long range in the second half and four of its first six.

Green’s jumper with 16:55 to go capped the run and made it a three-point game, 55-52. After a steal and lay-up by Green with 15:28 remaining made it a three-point margin for the third time, 60-57, Austin Peay answered with a 10-2 run to regain control of the contest.

Elton Walker’s jumper and free throw capped the run and extended the visitors’ lead to 11, 70-59, with 12:54 showing on the clock. Eastern Kentucky never got closer than five the rest of the way.

Green led the Colonels (14-3, 8-2 OVC) with 25 points to go along with nine assists and two steals. Robb had 16 points, hitting on 4-of-9 from three-point range. Moreno finished with 11.

Terry Taylor had a game-high 30 points and 14 rebounds for Austin Peay (11-6, 7-4 OVC).

APSU shot 54 percent from the field and hit on 12-of-21 three-point attempts (57 percent). EKU shot 44 percent for the game.

The Governors had a 44-28 rebounding advantage and turned 14 offensive boards into 17 second-chance points. Despite turning the ball over nine more times than Eastern, APSU out-scored the home team 22-16 in points off turnovers.

The Colonels trailed by seven, 43-36, after a three-pointer from the left wing by Cooper Robb with 2:33 left in the first half. The Governors ended the half with a 10-2 run to take a 15-point lead, 53-38, into the locker room at the break.

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Bryan Kennedy hails from the Bluegrass State. He was born and raised in Owensboro, KY where he graduated from Apollo High School in 2006. Bryan graduated from the University of Kentucky with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish in 2010. He also received his master's degree in Sports Media and Branding from Western Kentucky University. While at UK, Bryan was the general manager of the on-campus TV station. He also did sports reporting, anchoring, producing and even the weather for UK Student News Network. While working for UKSNN, he also had the pleasure of covering Coach John Calipari's first press conference when he was introduced as the new head coach of the Kentucky Wildcats; easily one of his favorite moments as a young sports reporter. Before coming to ABC 36, Bryan was a morning anchor and reporter at WXXV News 25, our sister station in Gulfport, MS. He anchored more than four hours of news every day, including morning shows on NBC and Fox. While down south, Bryan had the opportunity to cover the Sugar Bowl, New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans. After spending a little more than two years at WXXV, Bryan is extremely excited to return home. In his spare time, Bryan enjoys playing sports, especially rugby. He also enjoys crossfitting and watching sports (obviously). He's extremely excited to cover Central Kentucky. Feel free to say hello and send story ideas toBKennedy@wtvq.com