LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team fell to No. 2 Kentucky, 91-49, on Friday night at Rupp Arena.
Freshman Michael Moreno came off the bench to lead EKU (1-1) in scoring at 14 points. The former Scott County High School star connected on four three-pointers in the game. He added five rebounds.
Senior Ty Taylor contributed nine points for the Colonels, while junior Jacquess Hobbs finished with six points and team-bests in rebounds (seven), assists (five) and steals (three).
Nick Richards paced six Kentucky players in double figures with 21 points and 10 boards.
The Wildcats opened the game on a 14-0 run, capped by an Ashton Hagans layup with 13:42 remaining in the first half. A three-point play by junior Darius Hicks at the 12:57 mark finally got the Colonels on the board.
Kentucky (2-0) led by 23 late in the first half, but a pair of free throws by Moreno with three seconds on the clock made it 46-25 at the break.
Moreno drained all four his three-pointers in the second half en route to a 14-point performance.
Eastern turned Kentucky over 18 times on the night and held the Wildcats to just 2-of-14 shooting from beyond the arc (14 percent). The Colonels, meanwhile, connected on eight three-pointers in the game.
EKU returns to action on Tuesday when the Colonels host Ohio Chillicothe at McBrayer Arena. Tip is scheduled for 7 p.m.