Cosey sticks record 10 three-pointers in EKU romp

January 3, 2014 

Photo by Tim Webb

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  • saturday

    EKU at SIU-Edwardsville

    When: 8 p.m.

    Records: EKU (10-4, 1-0), SIU-Edwardsville (3-11, 0-1)

Glenn Cosey is one of the nation's best three-point shooters, so big nights from long range are nothing new for Eastern Kentucky's senior guard.

But when Cosey matched his career high with six three-pointers in the first half of the Colonels' 100-81 victory over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night, it was clear he was on his way to something special.

Cosey went on to make four more three-pointers in the second half to finish with a school-record 10 in 12 attempts as EKU won the Ohio Valley Conference game at Charleston, Ill.

Cosey's 10 three-point baskets surpassed the Colonels' record of seven in one game and tied the OVC record.

Cosey broke the school record with 12:26 left in the game.

Records are not complete, but at least five other Colonels have made seven three-pointers in a game on seven occasions.

Cosey tied the OVC record held by Eastern Illinois' Marc Polite with his 10th at the 9:04 mark. Polite set the record against Arkansas State in 1999-00.

Cosey finished with a career-high 34 points, six assists, one rebound, two steals and no turnovers in 34 minutes.

Corey Walden scored 17, Marcus Lewis, 14, and Timmy Knipp added 10 for Eastern Kentucky (10-4, 1-0 OVC).

Eastern Kentucky never trailed. Cosey hit back-to-back three-pointers to make it 17-13 and the Colonels made 10 three-pointers in the first half to take a 56-36 halftime lead.

Sherman Blanford led Eastern Illinois (4-9, 1-1) with 23 points.

"We did not win this game because of our defense. We won this game because we were very special offensively," EKU Coach Jeff Neubauer said in his post-game radio interview, according to the Richmond Register. "It was a very offensive basketball game by our team. Part of that is the defense creating offense. But the way we shot the ball, making 16 threes, obviously if you can do that you are going to beat a lot of teams."

With 131 three-pointers made, Cosey moved into 10th place on EKU's all-time list.

Cosey ranks 24th nationally in three-point shooting percentage this season, making 51 of 114 attempts for 44.7 percent. Jeff Elorriaga of Boise State (57.4) and Drew Windler of Belmont (55.1) — both players familiar to University of Kentucky fans — rank No. 1 and No. 2 nationally.

Cosey's 51 makes tie him for fourth-most nationally, and his 3.64 makes per game rank eighth.

EASTERN KENTUCKY 100 EASTERN ILLINOIS 81

EASTERN KENTUCKY (10-4, 1-0) — Stutz 2-2 2-2 6, Cosey 11-14 2-2 34, Walden 6-9 5-6 17, Lewis 6-9 1-2 14, T. Johnson 3-8 1-2 9, Stenzel 0-0 0-0 0, Burney 0-0 0-0 0, Matthews 0-1 0-0 0, McGlone 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 3-7 2-2 9, Knipp 3-4 2-3 10, Parsons 0-0 0-0 0, J. Johnson 0-2 0-0 0, Muff 0-0 1-2 1. Totals 34-57 16-21 100.

EASTERN ILLINOIS (4-9, 0-1) — Blanford 8-12 7-7 23, Piper 2-5 0-0 4, Smith 2-3 14-18 18, Chatman 4-8 2-3 13, Austin 1-2 4-4 7, Dickerson 0-1 0-0 0, Green 1-3 2-4 4, Johnson 0-0 4-4 4, Anderson 1-1 0-0 2, L. Piotrowski 1-1 2-2 4, Olivier 0-2 2-2 2. Totals 20-38 37-44 81.

Halftime—E. Kentucky 56-36. Three-point goals—E. Kentucky 16-32 (Cosey 10-12, Knipp 2-2, T. Johnson 2-5, Williams 1-4, Lewis 1-4, J. Johnson 0-2, Walden 0-3), E. Illinois 4-11 (Chatman 3-6, Austin 1-1, Smith 0-1, Dickerson 0-1, Piper 0-2). Fouled out—Walden. Rebounds—E. Kentucky 22 (T. Johnson, Stutz 5), E. Illinois 26 (Blanford 6). Assists—E. Kentucky 18 (Cosey 6), E. Illinois 12 (Smith 5). Total fouls—E. Kentucky 30, E. Illinois 17. A—415.


saturday

EKU at SIU-Edwardsville

When: 8 p.m.

Records: EKU (10-4, 1-0), SIU-Edwardsville (3-11, 0-1)

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