Fairleigh Dickinson (1-2) at Eastern Kentucky (1-1)
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DATE & TIME: Monday, November 23rd, 6:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: McBrayer Arena (6,500) -- Richmond, Kentucky. Television: None. Home Record: FDU 1-0, EKU 1-0. Away Record: FDU 0-2, EKU 0-1. Neutral Record: FDU 0-0, EKU 0-0. Conference Record: FDU 0-0, EKU 0-0. Series Record: Eastern Kentucky leads, 1-0.
GAME NOTES: The Knights of Fairleigh Dickinson try to follow up their first win of the 2009-10 campaign with another positive outing against Eastern Kentucky this evening in the Richmond Subregional of the 2009 CBE Classic at McBrayer Arena.
After losses to both Villanova and Wichita State to begin the season, the Knights finally landed in the win column on Saturday with a 62-52 victory over Central Michigan at home.
As for the Colonels, they kicked off the new season with a rout of West Virginia Wesleyan, 102-71, but were brought back to reality when they were dropped by Pittsburgh on the road in a 71-60 final last Thursday.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, Eastern Kentucky won the only previous meeting. Both schools will be back out on the floor tomorrow as the Knights challenge Texas-San Antonio and the Colonels head off UC Irvine.
Central Michigan kicked off the game against the Knights on Saturday with a three-pointer by Chris Kellermann, but from there it was all downhill for the visitors as they fell in the nine-point decision at the Rothman Center. FDU's Alvin Mofunanya erupted for a game-high 22 points, added nine rebounds and six blocked shots as a force in the paint, while Sean Baptiste and Terence Grier accounted for 18 and 13 points, respectively, which means the rest of the roster combined for a mere nine points. Mike Scott was responsible for 10 rebounds and five assists. Baptiste, who started the first two games of the season for the Knights, is atop the scoring list for the group with his 15.0 ppg, although he has made just 35.9 percent of his shot attempts. Scott is a player who likes to do it all for FDU, posting 13.0 ppg, 6.3 rpg and a team- best 4.3 apg as well.
Against the Panthers at the Petersen Events Center, Eastern Kentucky doomed itself with just nine total field goals in the first half and then made it to the free-throw line only one time after the break, en route to the double- digit setback on the road. Trying to keep his team competitive was Justin Stommes with 24 points, shooting 9-of-14 from the field, while Spencer Perrin and Josh Taylor tacked on 11 points apiece, the former grabbing six rebounds and handing out five assists as well. Stommes has gotten off to a fast start for the Colonels, in just two games putting up 52 pf the team's 162 points. Not only is he shooting a stellar 67.9 percent from the floor, Stommes has also knocked down half of his 14 three-point tries. Taylor stands as the only other double-digit scorer in the early going for EKU, sporting 15.0 ppg on the strength of his 53.8 percent accuracy out on the perimeter.
Being at home and hosting this portion of the tournament will certainly give the Colonels an edge, not to mention the team can always turn to Stommes whenever they need to.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Eastern Kentucky 77, Fairleigh Dickinson 66
11/23 10:31:44 ET
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