EKU entered the final Saturday of the season with one goal, win over rival Morehead State and you make the Ohio Valley Basketball postseason tournament. The Colonels (12-19 6-12) have won more games over the Eagles than any other team they have played but Morehead already in the tournament field would love nothing more than keep Eastern Kentucky from qualifying for the tournament.
Senior day for a pair of Colonels, former Madison Central Indian Kirkland Humphrey and Nick Mayo. Kirkland started his Colonel career as a walk-on but by his senior season he had earned a scholarship from Coach Hamilton. In the post game press conference A.W. Hamilton spoke on the possibility of having Kirkland join his coaching staff as a graduate assistant next season. Nick Mayo leaves EKU as the school’s all-time leading scorer. He is also 6th all-time in rebounding for EKU. Nick ranks 5th all-time in OVC scoring and recently moved past NBA Hall Of Famer Patrick Ewing for 242nd all-time in NCAA scoring. He started his 123rd consecutive and final start for Eastern tonight.
The Eagles opened the game scoring the first six points until freshman Jomaru Brown answered with five straight.Back and forth the entire first half was only a preview of what was to come. In the first half there was eight lead changes and the game was tied three times. A three pointer to end the opening half for Morehead put the Eagles up 41-40 at intermission. Morehead State shot 53% in the half and knocked down 5 three pointers. EKU shot 34% from the field and was led by Brown who had 16 points. Tay Weaver and Nick Mayo both had 11 points.
The second half Colonels knock down back to back three pointers from Brown and Weaver to take a 46-41 lead. The Eagles answer back though with eight straight points of their own to retake the lead at 49-46. Much like the first half back and forth all half, EKU led 77-74 late but Morehead State with a late basket and pair of free throws to seal the victory 78-77. Mayo had a chance to give Eastern Kentucky the lead late and as he said in the post game press conference he missed a shot he had made many times before.
In his final game as a Colonel Nick Mayo finished with 27 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocked shots, and 2 steals. Jomaru Brown with a new career high as he pours in 31 points. Tay Weaver with 17 points and 6 assists, Kelvin Robinson with 2 points to round out the scoring. The game was tied 11 times and the lead was traded 22 times.
It was a fun season that saw the Colonels play in 12 games that were decided by one possession, they went 7-5 in those games. Even with the loss of possibly the greatest Colonel player ever in Mayo the future looks bright for EKU. Colonels started three freshman most of the season and only graduate two players. Thank you for allowing us to keep you updated on all things EKU this season!