E. Kentucky 76, Tennessee Tech 58

Papa Oppong scored 19 points and Josh Daniel came off the bench

for a career-best 17 as Eastern Kentucky defeated Tennessee Tech

76-58 on Thursday night with a strong 3-point performance.

The Colonels (16-8, 8-4 Ohio Valley Conference), who came in

averaging 10.3 3-pointers per game, second in the NCAA, were

13-for-27 (48.1 percent) against the Golden Eagles (12-11,

6-6).

Daniel, who made four 3-pointers, scored 14 points in the first

half, when Eastern Kentucky took a 39-23 lead. The Colonels took

advantage of 10 first-half turnovers by Tennessee Tech while

committing two.

Oppong started the second half with a layup for the Colonels,

who never led by less than 17 the rest of the way.

Justin Stommes added 12 points for Eastern Kentucky, and Josh

Taylor had seven rebounds and four steals.

Kevin Murphy scored 16 points and Elijah Muhammad 14 for

Tennessee Tech.