GAME NOTES: Following up their thrilling win against Southeast Missouri over the weekend, the Eastern Kentucky Colonels now take a break from their conference schedule to host the Chattanooga Mocs at McBrayer Arena.
Eastern Kentucky, which competes in the Missouri Valley Conference, has won 25 of the last 27 games at home following a spectacular come-from-behind victory versus SEMO on Saturday, 79-78, thanks to a 37-foot bank shot in the waning moments by Glenn Cosey. Overall, the Colonels have taken two straight and six of the last seven outings.
Meanwhile the Mocs, members of the Southern Conference, they took came out on top in their Saturday matchup against Furman, 67-52. Chattanooga has won all but one of 10 conference bouts this season, placing the team atop the league standings coming into the week. Altogether, the team has won 11 of the last 12 games on the schedule.
In terms of an all-time history between these two programs, each has beaten the other once previously. Both games were played in Chattanooga, with the last contest being won by the visitor, 63-52, in December 2012.
By holding Furman to just 28.6 percent shooting from the floor in the first half, Chattanooga made it easy on itself on Saturday as it cruised to the double-digit home win. Z. Mason posted a double-double with 10 points and a game-high 13 rebounds, while Casey Jones rode to a game-high 18 points. Martynas Bareika and Ronrico White also chimed in with 16 and 10 points, respectively as the squad survived just 6-of-21 shooting behind the 3-point line.
Jones has led the team in scoring in each of the last three outings, but is still producing only 12.3 ppg as he shoots 57.9 percent from the floor. Getting far more attention is Mason who is not only first in scoring with 17.9 ppg, he is also the league on the glass with 9.5 rpg and has registered 67 blocked shots, more than all of his teammates combined. The Mocs are putting up a solid 76.9 ppg, but at the same time allowing 73.7 ppg.
Cosey converted a total of five field goals on Saturday, three of those coming from 3-point range and the most important hitting the mark at the end of the game as he led the Colonels to the one-point win over SEMO. Cosey matched Corey Walden in the scoring column with 20 points, followed by Marcus Lewis and Tarius Johnson with 12 and 10 points, respectively, the latter duo also combining for seven assists.
Of course it makes sense that Cosey played the hero for EKU on Saturday since he is the leading scorer for the team with 19.1 ppg and is shooting an impressive 41.8 percent from 3-point range. Of his 299 field goal attempts through 23 games, Cosey has launched 189 from beyond the arc and knocked down 79 of those tries. Because of his efforts the Colonels are one of the top 3- point shooting teams in the country, connecting on more than nine triples per contest.
In addition to being a 3-point shooting machine, the Colonels have also been highly successful at home (9-1) this season, which doesn't bode well for a non-conference foe that has little familiarity with EKU.
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