Category Archives: EKU Sports

College Sports – BIRMINGHAM BOWL MVP, FORMER GATOR RUNNING BACK JOINS EKU FOOTBALL TEAM

RICHMOND, Ky. – Adam Lane, who was named the MVP of the 2015 Birmingham Bowl while playing at the University of Florida, has joined the Eastern Kentucky University football team.  Lane, will be eligible to play immediately and will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. Continue reading College Sports – BIRMINGHAM BOWL MVP, FORMER GATOR RUNNING BACK JOINS EKU FOOTBALL TEAM

College Football – EKU – FIRST STATS FCS POLL PUTS EKU NO. 17 IN THE NATION

NEW YORK – Eastern Kentucky University’s football team is ranked No. 17 in the nation in the STATS FCS Top 25 preseason poll, released on Monday.

Eastern begins the 2015 campaign at home against Valparaiso on Sept. 3 at 7 p.m.  Season tickets are on sale now.  To purchase season tickets, please call the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122. Continue reading College Football – EKU – FIRST STATS FCS POLL PUTS EKU NO. 17 IN THE NATION

Kentucky Sports – EKU MEN’S BASKETBALL TO PARTICIPATE IN 2018 U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS PARADISE JAM

Paradise Jam EKURICHMOND, Ky. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team will play in the 2018 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam, Head Coach Dan McHale announced today.

The field of eight will play three games each.  The tentative dates for the event are Nov. 16, 17, 18 and 19, 2018.  Complete pairings will not be announced until the summer of 2018.

“We are thrilled to be participating in the 2018 Paradise Jam,” McHale said.  “I have been fortunate enough to participate in it twice and can’t wait to take the Colonels to the Virgin Islands.”

Accommodations, ground travel and ticket packages will be available for Colonel fans through Basketball Travelers, Inc.

The eight participants in last year’s field included Seton Hall, Illinois State, Old Dominion, Clemson, Gardner-Webb, LSU, Weber State and Nevada.  The 2015 field includes DePaul, Florida State, Hofstra, Indiana State, Norfolk State, Ohio, South Carolina and Tulsa.

“We will play against top-notch competition and our players and fans will be treated to an amazing experience,” said McHale.  “We look forward for the EKU faithful joining us and being a part of something special.”

The Colonels participated in the 2005 U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam.  EKU nearly beat Wisconsin in the first round before falling 95-89 in double overtime.  Eastern then knocked off Norfolk State 67-60 before closing out play with a 76-68 loss to Georgia.

Season ticket packages for the 2015-16 campaign will be available the first of September and season ticket renewal information will be sent out at the same time.  For more ticket information contact the EKU Ticket Office at 859-622-2122.

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Kentucky Sports – EKU Men’s Basketbll – FORMER COLONEL WALDEN GETS CHANCE TO PLAY HIS WAY ONTO AN NBA ROSTER

EKU's Former PLayer Corey Walden - Photo Submitted
EKU’s Former PLayer Corey Walden – Photo Submitted

RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University guard Corey Walden will play for the Boston Celtics’ summer league team, earning a chance to play his way onto an NBA roster. Continue reading Kentucky Sports – EKU Men’s Basketbll – FORMER COLONEL WALDEN GETS CHANCE TO PLAY HIS WAY ONTO AN NBA ROSTER

Kentucky Sports – EKU ADDS ALL-STATE POINT GUARD FOR 2015-16

RICHMOND, Ky. – All-state point guard Dujuanta Weaver from Louisville has signed to play at Eastern Kentucky University beginning this upcoming season, head coach Dan McHale announced today.

“We are thrilled to welcome Tay to the Colonel family,” McHale said.  “He will add to our backcourt depth and fit into our style of play nicely. He had a great career at Doss High School under Tony Williams and will continue to thrive in our up-tempo system.”

Weaver, a second team all-state selection and the Courier-Journal Sixth Region Player of the Year, hit 60 three-pointers and averaged 16.9 points per game while leading Doss High School to quarterfinals of the 2015 Whitaker Bank/KHSAA Boys Sweet Sixteen.  He shot 44 percent from the field and grabbed four rebounds per game.

Doss High School finished the 2014-15 season with a 27-7 record and won the sixth region championship.  Weaver scored 13 points with five steals and three assists in a 56-50 victory over Williamsburg in the first round of the Sweet 16.  The 5-foot-9 guard had 10 points, five assists and five rebounds in a second round loss to Covington Catholic.

 

“Being from Kentucky, Tay understands how special it is to play college basketball in this great state while getting a valuable education from EKU,” said McHale.

In addition to Weaver, Nick Mayo (6-foot-8, 225, forward), Greg King (6-foot-7, 225, forward), Anthony Pratt (6-foot-6, forward), Jarelle Reischel (6-foot-5, 210, guard) and Cameron Williams (5-foot-11, 170, guard) will join the Colonel program for the upcoming season as well.

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Sports – EKU SOFTBALL WINS ALL FOUR GAMES AT SAND DOLLAR SNOW CLASSIC

GULF SHORES, Ala. – The Eastern Kentucky University softball team wrapped up play at the 2015 Sand Dollar Snow Classic with two more wins Sunday. The Colonels defeated Bradley (12-7) and Alabama A&M (8-0) to finish 4-0 at the two-day tournament.

EKUColonelLogoEKU, now 9-6 overall, put crooked numbers on the scoreboard in four of its six at-bats against Bradley (3-14). The Colonels came to bat in the bottom of the first inning trailing 3-0, but responded with five runs and never looked back. Sophomore Amber Murray highlighted the big inning with a two-out, two-run single to give Eastern the lead, 5-3.

Senior Shannon McQueen’s first home run of the season, a three-run blast in the second, stretched the Colonel advantage to 8-4.

Eastern continued to pile on the runs, scoring two each in the fourth and sixth innings. The final run came on a solo shot from freshman Paige Murphy.

The finale saw senior pitcher Leanna Pittsenbarger notch her second complete game shutout of 2015. The righty held the Lady Bulldogs to just two singles. Ariel Smith broke up the no-hitter with one out in the fifth thanks to an infield single. Pittsenbarger struck out a season-high 12 batters in the five-inning affair.

Eastern Kentucky would score all the runs it would need in the first when freshman Sarah Jackson’s three-run homer put the Colonels in front, 4-0.

Sophomore Krislyn Campos (.500), junior Kayla Joyce (.55) and Jackson (.417) all hit above .400 during the tournament. Four of Campos’ five hits went for extra bases featuring three doubles and one home run.

The Colonels return to action next weekend at the 2015 UNLV Rebel Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Men's Basketball – LATE COMEBACK COMES UP SHORT FOR COLONELS

RICHMOND, Ky. – A furious comeback by Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team came up short as the Colonels dropped their first Ohio Valley Conference game of the season Thursday night at McBrayer Arena to Eastern Illinois University, 72-65.

 

A three by EKU senior guard Corey Walden with 4:26 left in the game started a four-minute comeback attempt.

 

Eastern Kentucky (10-6, 2-1 OVC) trailed by 10 with 4:43 to go, and had trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, but got within two at the2:02 mark and was only down three with under one minute to go in the game.

 

With 55 seconds to play and down three, senior guard Timmy Knipp stole the Eastern Illinois inbound pass and took the ball towards the rim, but was called for an offensive foul.  EIU then hit two free throws to put the game away.

 

The Colonels made their run even without senior forward Eric Stutz who fouled out with just less than five minutes to go.

 

“It was better to play smaller against them, and we did that with one big guy on the court for a good part of the second half,” head coach Jeff Neubauer said. “It was very hard to match up with them with bigger players on the floor.”

 

The Panthers (11-6, 5-0 OVC) shot a scorching 71 percent from the floor in the first half, making 15 of their 21 shots.  That shooting led to a 41-29 advantage in favor of Eastern Illinois going into the half.

 

“They played a perfect first half,” Neubauer said. “We did not guard the ball very well, and when they drove and exposed our one-on-one defenders Eastern Illinois made great decisions.”

 

Walden led the Colonels with 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting and added four rebounds, two steals and two assists.  He started the game well, scoring seven of the Colonels’ first nine points and 15 of their first 25.

 

Walden picked foul number four with 8:30 to go, but Neubauer didn’t take him out the rest of the game.  Walden hit several crucial three-pointers and drew a charge that was pivotal in the Colonels’ comeback attempt.

 

The Colonels shot 38 percent for the game, and made just seven of 25 three-point shots.

 

Junior guard Ja’Mill Powell added 13 points to the Colonels’ total.  Powell reached the line frequently, making 8-of-9 free throw attempts.

 

Junior guard/forward Trae Anderon led the Panthers with 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

 

The Colonels end their brief two-game home stand on Saturday against Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.  Tip-off at McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7 p.m.

 

NOTES

Corey Walden began the day as the only player in the OVC ranked in the top-10 in scoring (2nd), field goal percentage (7th), assists (9th) and steals (1st).  He finished with 29 points, shot 55 percent (11-of-20) from the field, had two assists and two steals.

 

Eastern Illinois began the day first in the OVC in scoring defense (60.2 ppg) and Eastern Kentucky was ranked second (60.9 ppg).

 

The Colonels had held eight straight opponents to fewer than 70 points.

 

Eastern Illinois had limited its first four OVC opponents to 21 percent shooting from three-point range.  EKU made 28 percent (7-of-25) on Thursday.

 

Eastern Illinois has won eight games in a row.

 

Eastern Kentucky entered the game second in the nation in turnover margin (+9.6) and fourth in steals (10.6 spg).  The Colonels had eight steals and committed seven fewer turnovers.

 

Corey Walden now needs 41 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.

 

Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series, 22-14.  EKU had won six straight against Eastern Illinois and 16 of the last 19.  The Colonels are 14-4 in games played in Richmond, and had won 11 straight against the Panthers at McBrayer Arena.

Channing Fugate to Play in NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Jan. 17th

RICHMOND, Ky. – Former Eastern Kentucky University football player Channing Fugate has agreed to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl this Saturday in Carson, California. The game will be televised live by ESPN2 beginning at 4 p.m. ET.

Channing Fugate playing for Tennessee - Photo by Ron Hamblin
Channing Fugate playing for Tennessee – Photo by Ron Hamblin

Fugate, a fullback hailing from Jackson, Kentucky, played at EKU for his senior season in 2014 after playing three seasons at the University of Tennessee (2010-12). This past fall, Fugate finished sixth on the team in both rushing (113 yards) and receiving (143 yards). In his first game as a Colonel, the hybrid back hauled in a 42-yard touchdown pass. Two weeks later, Fugate burst through the line for a 49-yard scoring run against Morehead State. Fugate tallied four touchdowns in his one year on the squad.

The NFLPA Collegiate Bowl is a premiere post-season all-star game for draft-eligible college players. The week-long schedule provides participants with a first-class professional experience while introducing them to the business of the National Football League.

Channing Fugate - EKU - Photo submitted
Channing Fugate – EKU – Photo submitted

Founded in 2012, the annual game gives prospective NFL players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. In 2014, more than 140 NFL scouts, player personnel staff, GMs and head coaches attended the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practices and game. Multiple other professional football leagues had representatives on hand as well.

Participants in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl have the unique opportunity to network with and learn from current and former NFL players. These veterans give players first-hand insight on what it takes to win on and off of the field.

This year’s head coaches are Mike Holmgren, who led the Green Bay Packers to a Super Bowl in 1996, and Mike Martz, former head coach for the St. Louis Rams from 2000-05.

For more information on the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl, please visit www.collegiate.nflpa.com.

Last fall, Eastern Kentucky (9-4, 6-2 OVC) reached the FCS playoffs for the third time in seven seasons under head coach Dean Hood and finished second in the Ohio Valley Conference standings. EKU is poised to return eight starters on both offense and defense for 2015. The Colonels kick off their 2015 schedule with a home Thursday night contest against Valparaiso on Sept. 3.

Men's Basketball – COLONELS RIDE DEFENSE TO OVC ROAD SWEEP, BEAT SEMO 68-55

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team completed an Ohio Valley Conference road trip sweep with a 68-55 victory at Southeast Missouri State on Saturday.  The Colonels held both opponents to less than 60 points on the road trip.

The Redhawks (7-10, 1-3 OVC) cut Eastern’s lead to five, 55-50, on two free throws by Jarekious Bradley with 5:50 left in the game.  However, the Colonels (10-5, 2-0 OVC) held the home team scoreless until Bradley hit two more free throws with 28 seconds left in the game.  By that point, EKU’s lead had grown to 18.

 

Corey Walden scored a game-best 23 points.  He shot 50 percent from the field and made all 10 of his free throw attempts.  The senior added five rebounds, one assists and one steal.  Eric Stutz had 18 points and five rebounds.  Timmy Knipp contributed seven points, six rebounds, four assists and three blocks.

 

MBBEKU110_Page_1Knipp and Walden got the big run started with two free throws each.  Stutz got his own rebound and put it back in to extend the lead to 11, 61-50.  Walden scored Eastern’s final seven points.

 

Eastern limited Southeast to 26 percent shooting from the field in the second half and 33 percent for the game.  After getting out-rebounded by seven in the first half, the Colonels won the battle of the boards by four in the second half.

 

Bradley, SEMO’s leading scorer, finished with just 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting from the field.  Aaron Adeoye scored 12 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the home team.

 

The Colonels were down three, 30-27, before going on a 10-1 run over the final three minutes of the first half.  Walden scored the first five before Denzel Richardson hit a three-pointer from the right wing.  Jonathan Hood’s offensive rebound and put-back at the buzzer capped it and sent the visitors to the locker room up 37-31 at the break.

 

Four straight to start the second half allowed Southeast Missouri to close the gap to two, 37-35.

 

The Colonels return home to face Eastern Illinois (10-6, 4-0 OVC) on Thursday.  Tip-off in McBrayer Arena is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.  The Panthers beat Belmont, 84-73, on Saturday.

 

NOTES

Corey Walden is the only player in the OVC ranked in the top-10 in scoring (3rd), field goal percentage (8th), assists (8th) and steals (1st).  He had 23 points on 50 percent shooting.

The Colonels have held eight straight opponents to fewer than 70 points.

 

Senior guard Corey Walden entered the game shooting 56.6 percent from the field this season.  He had made 60.7 percent of his shots over the previous seven games.  Walden made “just” 50 percent on Saturday at Southeast Missouri.

 

SEMO’s Jarekious Bradley came into the game averaging 16.2 points per game.  The Colonels held him to 10 points on 2-of-9 shooting.

 

Entering the game, Southeast Missouri was shooting 30 percent from three-point range and allowing its opponents to shoot 40 percent from deep.  The Redhawks made three of their first four from long range but then went 2-for-11 from long range.

 

Eastern Kentucky entered the game second in the nation in turnover margin (+10.1) and fourth in steals per game (10.9 spg).  EKU had three fewer turnovers and seven steals.

 

Corey Walden now needs 43 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.

 

Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series, 28-19.  EKU has won five straight against Southeast Missouri and 13 of the last 15.  The Colonels are 10-11 in games played in Cape Girardeau, and have won five straight on the Redhawks’ home court.