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GAME THREAD: Eastern Kentucky vs FAU - 12/22/14 @ 7:00 PM

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What: Eastern Kentucky (6-4) vs FAU (5-4)

When: Monday, Dec 22nd @ 7:00 PM

Where: FAU Arena

TV: None

Live Video: Here *FEE

Radio: ESPN 106.3 FM

Live Stats: Here

Colonels Team Site: Here


Probable Starters:


EKU

G Corey Walden 17.2 ppg
G Jaylen Babb-Harrison 9.8 ppg
G Timmy Knipp 8.9 ppg
G Ja’Mill Powell 11.2 ppg
F Eric Stutz 13.0 ppg


FAU

G Marquan Botley 12.2 ppg
G Solomon Poole 16.5 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 10.8 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.6 ppg
C C.J. Turman 4.8 ppg


The Series

Fist meeting.


Eastern Kentucky at a Glance

Offense - 77.5 PPG, 44.6% FG, 35.4% 3PT

Defense - 61.7 PGA, 44.5% FGA, 38.2% 3PTA

Rebounding - 31.7 PG Team, 33.0 PG Opponents


Notables

The Eastern Kentucky Colonels are second in the nation with an average of 12.3 steals per game and second in turnover margin (+11.2).

EKU shoots well from the free throw line. EKU is 10th in the nation at 76.8 percent and is in the top-100 for fewest fouls committed.

EKU averages 9.9 three’s per game, but has shot only 34 percent this season.

EKU is second in the nation in turnover margin and second in steals per game.



FAU at a Glance

Offense - 61.9 PPG, 42.3% FG, 34.1% 3PT

Defense - 59.4 PGA, 40.6% FGA, 23.9% 3PTA

Rebounding - 31.9 PG Team, 35.2 PG Opponents


Notables

Following Saturday's disappointing loss to St. Francis and the loss of big forward Justin Raffington to injury, FAU faces a red hot Eastern Kentucky team, at 6-4, following a 72-44 drubbing on No. 18 Miami. EKU used a 22-2 second half run and 18 points from Corey Walden to pace the Colonels of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Raffington's injury leaves the Owls without any big man experience.

Marquan Botley was FAU's top scorer Saturday with 12 points. Solomon Pool had 10 points, six of them in the final minute.

FAU ended a four-game win streak with the loss in Brooklyn. The Owls (5-4) had beaten in-state rivals UCF and Stetson with great defense and, in the Stetson game, a heavy dose of newcomer and Georgia Tech transfer Solomon Poole, with 23 points

FAU apparently appreciates the home cooking, The Owls are 4-0 in The Burrow, but only 1-4 away.

FAU gives up only 2.9 three-pointers per game, second in C-USA.


Opening Line

EKU -1


Owl's Nest Prediction

EKU -9
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STARTING LINE-UP

G Marquan Botley 12.2 ppg
G Jackson Trapp 10.8 ppg
G Solomon Poole 16.5 ppg
F Kelvin Penn 5.6 ppg
C C.J. Turman 4.8 ppg
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The warm-ups are done and we are about to see action.

The crowd is thin, as expected, with very few students and about one-quarter of the reserved side full.
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The Owls turn it over and give Eastern Kentucky an easy lay-in the start the game. 2-0. Then another FAU turnover and another basket, with a FT. This is not starting well for the Owls.
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Poole misses a long three and EKU missed FTs. 5-0 EKU with 18:05 to play.
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T.J. Turman finally scores for FAU. 5-2.
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Turman follows with a powerful ja to electrify the crowd. FAU 4 - EKU 7. FAU then holds and Marquan Botley hits for three! Owls ties it at 7, only to have EKu hot a three. Owls down 10-7.
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First media time-out: FAU 7 - EKU 10
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Owls get a basket to trail by 1 with 13:26 to play in the first half against the powerful EKU, then Poole hits for two as the owls lead for the first time, and have the ball.
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Poole hits a great jumper, but it called for an offensive foul.
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