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Former University of Kentucky basketball stars Hawkins, Willis part of TBT Bluegrass Boys Squad

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will be well-represented in The Basketball Tournament next month. Former Kentucky players Derek Willis, Dominique Hawkins, Josh Harrellson, Marcus Lee, Ramon Harris, Kevin Galloway and AJ Stewart will form the Bluegrass Boys organized by former Kentucky player Mark Krebs and will be coached by Wayne Turner. The Bluegrass Boys will compete with seven more teams...

Eastern Kentucky University’s Mayo, Gist named preseason All-OVC, Colonels picked to finish fourth

Eastern Kentucky University junior forward Nick Mayo and sophomore guard Asante Gist have been named to the Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, the league announced at Media Day. EKU was picked to finish fourth out of 12 teams in a preseason poll of league head coaches and media relations directors. Mayo was voted first team All-OVC for the second straight year in 2016-17 after finishing the...

EKU’s Mayo named to All-OVC team for second straight year; Gist part of newcomer squad

Eastern Kentucky University sophomore forward Nick Mayo was voted first team All-Ohio Valley Conference for the second straight season, the league office announced this week.   Freshman guard Asante Gist, meanwhile, was voted to the five-person OVC All-Newcomer Team. Mayo and Gist formed one of the top young, inside-out tandems in the country this season. The duo combined to score over 1,000 points...

Mayo becomes first soph to surpass 1,000-point mark as Colonels knock off Tennessee Tech

Senior Isaac McGlone was honored before the Eastern Kentucky men’s basketball’s team’s 75-71 win over Tennessee Tech on Saturday, but it was sophomore Nick Mayo who was honored after it. Mayo poured in a career-high 31 points in EKU’s season finale to become the 35th Colonel to score 1,000 points in his career. He is the first EKU player ever to reach the 1,000-point plateau as a sophomore. Mayo...

In-state OVC rivals EKU, Morehead State collide Saturday in McBrayer Arena showdown

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will host in-state rival Morehead State on Saturday night at McBrayer Arena. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. WHAT TO KNOW – EKU (10-16, 3-8 OVC) knocked down a season-best 15 three-pointers in Saturday night’s loss at UT Martin. It was the most triples in a game by an EKU team since the Colonels hit 15 at Western Kentucky on December 1,...

Late EKU rally comes up short, Colonels fall to OVC West Division leader Murray State

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team pulled to within three of OVC West leader Murray State with 15 seconds remaining in the game; however, the host Racers held on for an 86-79 victory on Thursday night at the CFSB Center. EKU (8-13, 1-5 OVC) trailed by 10, 81-71, with 35 seconds on the clock, before freshman guard Asante Gist exploded for eight of the game’s next nine points –...

Gist, Dishman, Mayo fuel EKU men; Colonel women fade in third quarter, fall to Greensboro

Freshmen Asante Gist and DeAndre Dishman, and sophomore Nick Mayo combined for 47 points, 17 rebounds and 11 assists in Eastern Kentucky University’s 70-51 victory over the University of Virginia’s College at Wise on Wednesday night at McBrayer Arena. Gist hit 4-of-9 from behind the three-point line on his way to 16 points, four assists, two rebounds and two steals. In his first career start,...

After five straight games on the road, Colonels finally return home to face Virginia-Wise

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team will finally return home to host UVa-Wise on Wednesday night at McBrayer Arena. Tipoff is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. WHAT TO KNOW – EKU (6-8) has played its last five games on the road. The Colonels have not played at McBrayer Arena since an 89-80 win over Marshall on December 3. – The Colonels have lost four straight games, including...

Late first-half scoring flurry fuels No. 11 Louisville’s 87-56 romp past Eastern Kentucky

No. 11 Louisville closed the first half on a 20-0 run as the Cardinals pulled away to defeat the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team, 87-56, on Saturday afternoon at the KFC Yum! Center EKU silenced the Yum! Center crowd early, as the Colonels ran out to a 7-0 lead when junior forward Zach Charles threw down a dunk at the 18:11 mark of the first half. EUK’s Isaac McGlone scored...

Colonels never trail, knock off Hilltoppers for first time since 1987 in Battle of the Bluegrass

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team never trailed in beating in-state rival Western Kentucky, 78-59, in the latest edition of the Battle of the Bluegrass on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. The Colonels (4-4) shot 59 percent in the second half and knocked down 13 three-pointers. EKU out-rebounded the Hilltoppers by four and committed four fewer turnovers. Four Colonels netted double...

Three Colonels earn All-OVC honors, Mayo named Freshman of the Year; O’Bannon honored

Eastern Kentucky University’s Nick Mayo has been voted first team All-Ohio Valley Conference and the league’s Freshman of the Year, while senior Jarelle Reischel and junior JaVontae Hawkins have been voted second team All-OVC, the league office announced on Tuesday. Mayo and Reischel were also named to the five-person OVC All-Newcomer Team. Nick Mayo Mayo made an immediate impact for Eastern in...

Slow start too much for Eastern Kentucky to overcome as OVC leader Belmont prevails

Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team staged a furious rally, cutting a 22-point deficit to one, but couldn’t completely overcome a slow start in a 86-78 loss to visiting Belmont University on Thursday at McBrayer Arena. The Bruins (19-9, 11-3 OVC) jumped out to a 23-4 lead after the Colonels (14-15, 5-9) made just 2-of-17 attempts from the field to start the game. Belmont took...

EKU’s Hawkins, Reischel, Mayo make clean sweep of weekly Ohio Valley Conference awards

Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball players JaVontae Hawkins (Player), Jarelle Reischel (Newcomer) and Nick Mayo (Freshman) swept the weekly Ohio Valley Conference awards on Monday, the league office announced. The sweep comes after a week in which EKU (14-12, 5-6 OVC) went on the road and defeated two of the top three teams in the conference in Tennessee State and Belmont. JaVonte Hawkins...

EKU’s Mayo named OVC Freshman of Week again; O’Bannon earns Newcomer of Week honors

Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Nick Mayo was voted the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for the seventh time on Monday, the league office announced. Mayo averaged 19.0 points-per-game and 7.0 rebounds-per-game last week. Nick Mayo The 6-9 forward from Oakland, Maine scored 18 points, grabbed four rebounds, handed out three assists and came up with two steals in EKU’s...

Cooper’s career night spurs EKU women to win; Colonel men drop road decision to EIU

A career night from Alexus Cooper helped the Eastern Kentucky University women’s basketball team to its third consecutive Ohio Valley Conference win with a 75-56 victory over Eastern Illinois University at Lantz Arena on Thursday. The Colonels (9-6, 3-1 OVC) carried a seven-point advantage into the final period, before outscoring the Panthers 28-16 in the final stanza. Ten of Eastern’s fourth period...

Eastern Kentucky’s Mayo named Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for fifth time

Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball player Nick Mayo has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Co-Freshman of the Week, the league office announced. Nick Mayo is the first Colonel to be named the OVC Freshman of the Week five times in a season since Matt Witt in 2002-03 (EKU Athletics Photo) It is the fifth time this season Mayo has been voted the OVC Freshman of the Week. He shares this...

EKU’s Mayo garners Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week award for third time

Eastern Kentucky’s Nick Mayo has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for the third time this season, the league office announced. Mayo averaged 14.5 points-per-game and 4.5 rebounds-per-game in two road games at No. 4 Kentucky and Marshall last week. Nick Mayo is the first Colonel to be named the OVC Freshman of the Week three times in a season since Adam Leonard in 2006-07...

EKU’s Reischel, Mayo help Colonels sweep weekly Ohio Valley Conference basketball awards

The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team swept the weekly Ohio Valley Conference awards on Monday, as wing Jarelle Reischel was voted the Player and Newcomer of the Week and forward Nick Mayo was voted the Freshman of the Week. Reischel posted a pair of double-doubles and nearly averaged a double-double in four games last week, scoring 20.3 points-per-game and grabbing 9.5 rebounds-per-game....