EKU Men’s Basketball bounces back with win over Southeast Missouri, 87-65

EKU shot a season-best 61 percent from three-point range (14-of-23).


CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (EKU Sports) – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team bounced back with an impressive 87-65 win at Southeast Missouri on Monday afternoon at the Show Me Center.

The win caps a 12-day, seven-game road trip for the Colonels (19-6, 13-5 OVC).

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EKU started the game 1-of-11 from the field, but went 30-of-50 the rest of the way.

The game was tied at 13-13 with 11:23 left in the first half. That is when EKU went on a 20-3 run to blow the game open. A three-pointer by freshman Wendell Green Jr. capped the run and made it 35-18 with 4:25 left in the half. The Colonels led by double digits the rest of the way.

EKU took its largest lead of the day, 66-41, when sophomore Michael Moreno buried a triple with 10:33 remaining in the game.

Green Jr. led all players in the game with 23 points, to go along with five rebounds and four assists.

Junior Tre King finished with 15 points, five rebounds and three blocks. Redshirt freshman Curt Lewis had 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while junior Cooper Robb chipped in 12 points and two steals.

Freshman Devontae Blanton came off the bench to give the Colonels 10 points, six rebounds and two assists.

EKU shot a season-best 61 percent from three-point range (14-of-23).

Two days after getting out-rebounded by 19 to SEMO, the Colonels out-rebounded the Redhawks, 39-30.

Eastern stifled SEMO (9-15, 7-11 OVC) to 27 percent shooting from behind the arc (6-of-22).

The Redhawks were led on the day by Chris Harris, who finished with 15 points and seven assists.

EKU returns home to host Belmont (Feb. 25) and Tennessee State (Feb. 27) this week.

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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