EKU started the 2019/20 season Thursday night taking on their neighbors from the southern part of the county Berea College. Colonels will take the floor without Nick Mayo for the first time in four seasons. EKU does have three returning starters in sophomores Tre King, Houston King, and preseason All-OVC selection Jomaru Brown. Berea College enters the season picked second in the west division of the USA South Athletic conference.
EKU jumped out to a 9-0 lead and never looked back winning 113-63. Colonels have six players in double figure scoring led by Brown and senior Lachlan Anderson’s 19 points. Anderson led the team with 11 rebounds. Colonels were the second best team in the nation in forcing turnovers last year at 18 a game, tonight they turn the Mountaineers over 25 times. EKU was also #2 in the country in steals per game at just over 18 a game. During the post game press conference Head Coach AW Hamilton was most pleased with his team getting over 70 deflections in the game.
For EKU they shoot 45% for the game (41-91) and knock down 16 three pointers. Colonels have 22 assists to only 9 turnovers. EKU has 18 steals in the contest and shoot 68% from the foul line. Anderson led the team with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Brown finished with 19 points and 4 steals. Tre King has 8 points and 7 rebounds, junior Darius Hicks playing his first game in nearly two seasons scores 11 point in his Colonel debut while grabbing 8 boards. Ty Taylor with 13 points, Houston King 12 points 4 rebounds and 4 steals, Russha Cruisshank 5 points 7 assists and 1 turnover, JacQuess Hobbs 8 points, Tariq Balogun 8 points, freshman Michael Moreno with 10 points.
Berea College led by junior Torell Carter with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Brady Whittaker with 11 points, Isaac Caudill 8, Dakota Myers 7, Andew Doty 7, DeAnte Booker 6 points, Jair Jackson and Kevion Hudson with 4 points each and Alex Aten with 2.
EKU opens the regular season Tuesday night at home against Chattanooga at 7.