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Eastern Kentucky Colonels (16-17)


Sat. 2/22 Thu. 2/27 Sat. 2/29 Thu. 3/5 Fri. 3/6
vs. Belmnt 
L 70-83
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@ Murray 
L 62-74
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vs. Mor 
W 80-76
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vs. TennSt 
W 58-48
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@ Belmnt 
L 50-60
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Belmont advances to OVC title game with win over E. Kentucky

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Adam Kunkel scored 15 points and Grayson Murphy scored 10 and Belmont beat Eastern Kentucky 60-50 on Friday in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night.

The Bruins play Murray State on Saturday for an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

Four Belmont starters scored early, and Michael Bankert's two free throws with 9:16 left before intermission gave the top-seeded Bruins a 20-9 lead. Russhard Cruickshank's three-point play brought the fourth-seeded Colonels with 22-16. Belmont went to the break up 30-21 and were never threatened in the second half.

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Leaders
Points: J. Brown18.4
Rebounds: M. Moreno6.1
Assists: J. Brown2.7
FG%: J. Brown38.6%
FT%: J. Brown75.1%
3P%: T. Taylor32.7%
Steals: J. Brown1.9
Blocks: T. King0.8
AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Florida State26-5
5 Baylor26-4
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Creighton24-7
8 Kentucky25-6
9 Michigan State22-9
10 Villanova24-7
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Coaches Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kansas28-3
2 Gonzaga31-2
3 Dayton29-2
4 Baylor26-4
5 Florida State26-5
6 San Diego State30-2
7 Kentucky25-6
8 Duke25-6
9 Creighton24-7
9 Villanova24-7
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Ohio Valley Standings
 ConferenceOverall
  W-L W-L
Belmont 15-3 26-7
Murray State 15-3 23-9
Austin Peay 14-4 21-12
Eastern Kentucky 12-6 16-17
Tennessee State 9-9 18-15
Eastern Illinois 9-9 17-15
Jacksonville State 8-10 13-19
Morehead State 7-11 13-19
Tennessee Tech 6-12 9-22
UT Martin 5-13 9-20
SIUE 5-13 8-23
Southeast Missouri State 3-15 7-24
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Offense (Rank)
Points: 74.7 (81)
Rebounds: 10.1 (168)
Assists: 12.0 (258)
FG%: 41.1% (308)
FT%: 72.6% (118)
3P%: 32.1% (243)
Defense (Rank)
Points: 75.4 (314)
Rebounds: 23.6 (306)
Assists: 14.6 (311)
FG%: 45.2% (293)
FT%: 73.2% (300)
3P%: 31.7% (102)
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