Sophomore forward Nick Mayo poured in a career-high 30 points and matched a career-high with 10 rebounds to lead the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team over visiting Marshall, 89-80, on Saturday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.
Mayo also dished out four assists and blocked a shot in the win. It is Mayo’s second double-double of the year. He scored 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a win over Idaho State on November 22.
The Colonels (5-4) led for most of the game, only trailing Marshall for 1:38 of clock time. The Thundering Herd took one of their two leads in the first half, 25-24, but senior wing Jaylen Babb-Harrison rattled off eight straight points to put Eastern back in front 32-29. EKU went into the locker room at halftime up by a point, 39-38.
With the game tied, 43-43, early in the second half, Eastern exploded on an 13-3 run and grabbed a 13-point lead, 56-43, when senior guard Isaac McGlone drained a trey with 13:37 to playEastern Kentucky University
The Colonels put their foot on the gas after that, eventually extending the lead to 16, 76-60, following a jumper in the paint by Mayo with 5:21 on the clock.
The Thundering Herd, however, was not done. Marshall made a thunderous comeback, going on a 15-2 run of its own to cut the lead to 78-75 with 2:34 remaining. Junior guard Dillon Avare silenced the run, and the comeback attempt, with a clutch three-pointer from the corner with 1:12 on the clock. That trifecta sparked EKU to an 11-2 run, as the Colonels sank seven free throws in the final minute to seal it.
Four different Colonels finished in double figures. Mayo’s 30 led the way, but Babb-Harrison poured in 15, including going 5-of-5 at the free throw line, four of which came in the closing moments of the game and helped ice the victory for EKU. Freshman guard Asante Gist tallied 13 points while nabbing six rebounds, and McGlone accounted for 11 points and five assists.
Marshall (5-2) also had four players reach double figures, led by 19 from both Ryan Taylor and Jon Elmore. Ky’re Allison scored 14, while Austin Loop dropped 10.
EKU shot over 50 percent (50.9 / 28-of-55)) from the floor for the second straight game, and the Colonels stifled the Thundering Herd to 37 percent (24-of-65) shooting from the field and 33 percent (12-of-36) shooting from deep.
Eastern also out-rebounded Marshall, 42-35, marking the fifth straight game the Colonels have out-rebounded their opponent. EKU only out-rebounded its opponent seven times all of last season.
It is EKU’s first win over Marshall since February 16, 1977.
The Colonels return to action when they hit the road to play Jacksonville University on Wednesday, December 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m.
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Steve Fohl
Associate Director of EKUSports Communications

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