Junior forward Nick Mayo broke Eastern Kentucky University’s career blocks record and surpassed 1,500 career points in an 84-73 loss at Belmont University on Thursday at the Curb Event Center.
When Mayo blocked a lay-up attempt from Amanze Egekeze with 16:20 left in the first half, he broke the school record of 115 career blocks set by Mike Smith (1987-92). His jumper with 10:15 left in the game gave him 1,500 career points. He surpassed that with a lay-up and free throw on Eastern’s next possession.
Mayo moved past Charles Mitchell (1970-73) into 10th place on Eastern Kentucky’s all-time scoring list when he made a free throw with 3:25 remaining to play for his 1,508th career point. He finished with 21 points, seven rebounds, one assist and one block.
A quick start staked EKU to an eight-point lead. The Colonels used an early 9-2 run to turn a one-point deficit into an eight-point advantage. JacQuess Hobbs scored the final five points on a free throw and a pair of jumpers. His second, with 12:15 left in the opening half, put the visitors in front 18-10.
The Bruins found the answer, out-scoring Eastern 27-7 over the next eight minutes. Back-to-back three-pointers from Egekeze and Kevin McClain put Belmont out in front by 12, 37-25, with 4:14 to go in the first half.
Belmont continued to lead by 12 at halftime, 41-29. The Bruins made nine 3-pointers and shot 57 percent from the field in the first 20 minutes of play. EKU made 48 percent of its shots, but just 3-of-10 from deep.
After Belmont scored the first basket of the second half to go up 14, the Colonels rolled off a big run of their own with the help of a 6-for-6 start from the field. A 15-4 spurt cut the deficit to three. Zach Charles made a three-pointer, Dujuanta Weaver nailed two treys and Hobbs scored four points during the run. A lay-up from Hobbs capped the run and made it 47-44 with 16:06 remaining in the game.
EKU never got any closer. The Bruins scored the next seven points to go back up 10 and led by six or more the rest of the game.
Charles, Hobbs and Weaver all finished with 14 points. Hobbs also had eight assists and four steals.
The Colonels shot 49 percent from the field. Belmont made 59 percent of its shots, including 14-of-31 from three-point range for 45 percent.
Egekeze had 19 points and 10 rebounds for Belmont. Austin Luke had 19 points and seven assists.
Eastern Kentucky will be back in action on Saturday at Tennessee State. Tip-off in Nashville is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.
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