The Eastern Kentucky Colonels needed a balanced attack and a lot of luck to get past the always hungry, very pesky Belmont Bruins in Nashville, Tennessee.
The Colonels made their first five shots from long distance and raced out to a very decisive 17-2 lead. However, Belmont slowly but surely chipped away at their 15 point lead. The lead for EKU was 36-28 at halftime. With under 7 minutes remaining in the second half, the Bruins came all the way back and tied the score at 54.
In the end, the EKU backcourt of Glenn Cosey and Corey Walden were simply too much for Belmont to overcome. They both combined to shoot 16 for 25 from the floor and Walden was a nearly perfect 10-for-11 from the free throw line. As for the team, the Colonels shot an impressive 51 percent (23 of 45), while Belmont was only 23 of 50 for 46% (a meager 8 of 24 from three-point range).
Senior J.J. Mann led Belmont with 18 points, while freshman Evan Bradds posted a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds. Belmont will find out their tournament fate on Selection Sunday–more than likely it will either be the NIT, CBI, or CIT.
Eastern Kentucky went 11-for-22 from three-point distance while Belmont went 8-for-24.