Anytime No. 18 Miami hosts an unranked team from the Ohio Valley Conference, you expect the Hurricanes to roll. Instead, the Hurricanes were embarrassed in front of their home crowd in Coral Gables on Friday, as Eastern Kentucky cruised to a 72-44 blowout win.
Heck, the Colonels (6-4) didn’t trail for a single second.
“Miami’s a real good team,” Eastern Kentucky guard Isaac McGlone said on Ferrall on the Bench. “We came in, and we knew it would be a challenge and we were ready. We were just out there. We were trying to play as hard as we could. I was trying to stick my face in wherever I could to get it done. And I ended up knocking some shots down too, which helps.”
Some shots? Try four. McGlone was a perfect 4-of-4 from behind the arc, finishing with 12 points.
“Yeah, I was feeling real good tonight,” he said. “My teammates got me the ball in some of the spots that I like, and I just knocked them in.”
He wasn’t the only one. Timmy Knipp was 5-of-9 from downtown, Corey Walden was 2-of-5, and Ja’Mill Powell and Denzel Richardson got in on the act, too. Even Eric Stutz – the only non-guard who played against Miami – knocked down his only triple attempt of the night.
As a team, the Colonels shot 14-of-26 (53.8 percent) from deep.
“We were feeling good tonight,” McGlone said.
Nine players logged minutes for Eastern Kentucky, eight of whom were guards. The Colonels only took four foul shots, but they didn’t need to get to the line a whole lot; they were raining jumpers all game.
“We got kind of a unique style of play,” McGlone said, “but we think we can get the job done how we do it.”
Eastern Kentucky started the season 4-0 before losing three straight to BYU, Valparaiso and No. 1 Kentucky.
“When I looked at our schedule before the season started, everyone knew that it was going to be a brutal stretch,” McGlone said. “And we just said, ‘Play our way through and really focus on getting better.’ I think those games did help us get better and played a big part in us winning this game tonight.”
Two of Eastern Kentucky’s losses were by six points or fewer. After playing some tight games, it was nice to get a blowout win.
“It’s a learning process,” McGlone said. “We got a lot of new guys. Those games, we dropped a couple close ones. I’m sure down the stretch we’re going to win a couple close ones because we learned from those.”
Eastern Kentucky next plays Monday at Florida Atlantic (5-3). McGlone, an Ohio native, is more than happy to spend some time in Florida, especially in December.
He’s also proving some doubters wrong. McGlone was not heavily recruited out of high school but has played 20+ minutes in nine of Eastern Kentucky’s 10 games this season.
“It doesn’t matter,” McGlone said of his playing time. “I just get out there and try to help us win.”