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Morehead State tops TSU to win 12th straight; Eagles set to face Belmont Saturday in Nashville

As it has done in almost trademark fashion since the beginning of 2021, Morehead State men’s basketball used stingy defense and efficiency on offense to pull away in the second half and defeat Tennessee State 79-66 at the Gentry Center Thursday night, tying the program mark with its 12th consecutive win. Sophomore guard Ta’lon Cooper. (Photo from MSU) Leading by just two at the halftime...

EKU to join Atlantic Sun Conference for 2021-22 season; Colonels departing Ohio Valley Conference

Eastern Kentucky University and all 16 of its athletics teams will join the Atlantic Sun Conference on July 1, 2021, Vice President and Director of Athletics Matt Roan announced Friday. All EKU teams will be immediately eligible for conference awards, postseason play and NCAA Tournament automatic bids. EKU is currently a member of the Ohio Valley Conference. During its last full year of competition...

EKU extends winning streak to eight with 113-73 victory over UT Martin on Thursday night

Wendell Green Jr. and Michael Moreno combined for 48 points Thursday night as Eastern Kentucky won its eighth consecutive game with a 113-73 victory over UT Martin at McBrayer Arena. Green finished with 25 points and four assists, while Moreno added 23 points. EKU tied an Ohio Valley Conference record by draining 20 shots from 3-point range. The Colonels improved to 13-2 overall, 7-1 in the OVC. Michael...

EKU’s King named OVC Player of the Week; No. 17 Lindsey Wilson women upset No. 4 Thomas More

Eastern Kentucky University junior Tre King has been voted the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week for the third time this season, the league announced on Monday. Tre King King did a lot of scoring, and a little bit of everything else, in EKU’s 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday night. He finished with a game-high 24 points to go along with six rebounds, two assists, two...

EKU pulls out 93-85 overtime win at Eastern Illinois on Saturday for seventh consecutive victory

Sophomore Michael Moreno’s 3-pointer with three seconds remaining in regulation sent the game into overtime, and Eastern Kentucky held on to beat host Eastern Illinois, 93-85, on Saturday at Lantz Arena. It was EKU’s seventh consecutive win, and the Colonels improved to 12-2 overall, 6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference. This is Eastern Kentucky’s best start since 1946-47. Tre King EKU...

King, torrid 3-point shooting fuel EKU’s 90-80 win over Tennessee Tech, best start since 1952-53

Lexington native Tre King scored career-best 29 points and the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team hit 16 three-pointers in a 90-80 victory over Tennessee Tech on Saturday at McBrayer Arena. At 11-2, the Colonels are off to their best start since the 1952-53 team. A 4:02 scoring drought in the second half by EKU allowed Tech to turn an 8-point deficit into a 1-point lead. Dane Quest...

EKU’s Wendell Green Jr. selected OVC Freshman of the Week; scored 30 points against Austin Peay

Eastern Kentucky University’s Wendell Green Jr. has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for men’s basketball. Green averaged 19.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.5 steals and 1.5 assists per game to lead Eastern to a pair of OVC victories last week. EKU’s Wendell Green Jr. scored a career-high 30 points against Austin Peay on Saturday. (EKU photo) The 5-foot-11...

EKU picked fourth in OVC preseason poll; Murray State, Austin Peay tabbed co-favorites

Eastern Kentucky University has been picked to finish fourth in the Ohio Valley Conference men’s basketball preseason poll. Murray State (10 first-place votes and 226 points) and Austin Peay (nine first-place votes, 226 points) tied for the top spot in the poll, while Belmont (five first-place votes, 214 points) checked in at No. 3. EKU received 173 points in the poll, finishing ahead of No. 5 Eastern...

EKU kicks off football season Saturday afternoon with nationally televised game at Marshall

Eastern Kentucky University begins the football season this Saturday by traveling to Huntington, W.Va., for a nationally televised game with Marshall. The kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN. Eastern Kentucky posted a 7-5 overall record last season. The Colonels are under the direction of first-year head coach Walt Wells, who most recently served as a quality control...

EKU administration defies Ohio Valley Conference, announces eight-game football schedule for this fall

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Eastern Kentucky University has released an eight-game football schedule, a week after the Ohio Valley Conference postponed its league contests for the upcoming season. The revised schedule features home games against Central Arkansas, Stephen F. Austin and Western Carolina. The Colonels will open the season on Sept. 5 at Marshall, followed by another road game at West...

EKU baseball star A.J. Lewis signs contract with Colorado Rockies; Chicago native batted .451 in 2020

Eastern Kentucky University star catcher A.J. Lewis has signed a contract with the Colorado Rockies. “Being a professional baseball player is a dream come true,” Lewis said. Lewis was on the Buster Posey National Collegiate Catcher of the Year watch list in 2019 and 2020. He hit .303 with 45 runs scored, 10 doubles, nine home runs, a team-best 49 runs batted in and 17 stolen bases in 2019. EKU...

EKU trio named preseason All-OVC; Colonels begin season Sept. 3 against Western Carolina

Three Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team by the coaches and communications directors. EKU running back Alonzo Booth and a pair of offensive linemen – Tucker Schroeder and Graham Ashkettle — earned spots on the Preseason All-OVC Team. Booth finished the 2019 season with 673 rushing yards on 140 carries (4.8 yards per carry)...

Former EKU All-America running back Markus Thomas on College Football Hall of Fame ballot

Former Eastern Kentucky University All-America running back Markus Thomas is a candidate for the College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation has announced. Thomas played four seasons at EKU from 1989 to 1992. He earned All-America honors his senior season after running for 1,494 yards and scoring 17 rushing touchdowns. The two-time Ohio Valley Conference Offensive Player of the...

Four EKU football players named preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference by HERO Sports

Four Eastern Kentucky University football players have been chosen to the HERO Sports preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team. Running back Alonzo Booth, offensive linemen Tucker Schroeder and Jackson Bardall, and linebacker Steven Crowder were the EKU players receiving the honors. Booth earned second team All-OVC honors from the coaches and communications directors last season. He was also chosen...

García-Palencia twins provide double impact for EKU track and field program as freshmen

Two of the most impressive Eastern Kentucky University competitors at the 2020 Ohio Valley Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships were freshmen from Spain. They share a last name. And were born two minutes apart. Emma and Pedro García-Palencia are fraternal twins – mellizos, in Spain. They were born prematurely, at seven months. Pedro had an issue with the umbilical cord, so a Cesarean...

Once home to Murray State football, Cutchin Field’s winning ways continue with women’s soccer

Once the home of Murray State football, Cutchin Field (formerly known as Cutchin Stadium) began serving as the home pitch for a different type of football when it became the venue for the women’s soccer program during its inaugural season in 2000. Nestled in the middle of campus, Cutchin Field hosted games for the Racer football team, once known as the Thoroughbreds, from 1924 to 1972. Murray...

Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler helping patients in California as occupational therapist

By Matt Schabert Morehead State University You might call Morehead State volleyball alum Liz Schuler adventurous. Since her days as an Eagle, Schuler has lived in her hometown of Louisville, then in Texas and now nearly 2,500 miles away in Monterey, Calif. Her new adventure is one Schuler says she has strived for her entire life, and it was similar life experiences that led her to the field of occupational...

EKU standouts Lewis, Harris selected to Collegiate Baseball’s NCAA Division I All-America team

Senior catcher A.J. Lewis and junior second baseman Daniel Harris IV have been chosen to the Collegiate Baseball NCAA Division I All-America team. Lewis was a first team selection while Harris earned a spot on the third team. A.J. Lewis EKU has featured an All-America selection in each of the last four years – Ben Fisher (2017), Alex Holderbach (2018), Aaron Ochsenbein (2019), Lewis (2020) and Harris...

EKU’s Quantasia Perry enjoying challenges, rewards of being a student-athlete and mom

(On July 27, 2018, Quantasia Perry gave birth to her daughter, Kali… less than 10 months later, she lined up to race for an Ohio Valley Conference gold medal) Eastern Kentucky University’s Quantasia Perry stood in lane four and stared down the track. The redshirt freshman was 100 meters away from a gold medal at her first Ohio Valley Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships. But...

Susan and Oliver Ramsey establish fund at EKU to promote names of football players on jerseys

The donors who make up the Eastern Kentucky University giving community each support a unique passion. For Susan and Oliver Ramsey, their passion is student-athletes. No matter the distance or time passed, the Ramsey’s have continued to support EKU football, rarely missing a game in more than 40 years. “Since the late 70s, we have maintained season tickets within Roy Kidd Stadium,”...