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Scholar Athlete: Eric Stutz joins elite company

Eric Stutz

Accounting senior Eric Stutz joins elite company in EKU men's basketball. He became the 13th player in school history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds as Eastern Kentucky overcame an eight-point second half deficit to beat Tennessee-Martin, 66-58, on January 8.

Stutz, from Newburgh, Ind., earned a spot on the Ohio Valley Conference Commissioner's Honor Roll. He is a Colonel Scholar and recipient of the 2013-14 Bratzke Award for Excellence which is given to the team member with the highest GPA.


MARTIN, Tenn. – Senior Eric Stutz became the 13th player in school history to record 1,000 points and 500 rebounds as Eastern Kentucky overcame an eight-point second half deficit to beat Tennessee-Martin, 66-58, on Thursday.

The Colonels (9-5, 1-0 OVC) trailed by eight with 12:32 left in the game and were down seven with 9:36 showing on the clock. After a three-pointer by Marshun Newell gave the Skyhawks (8-6, 0-1 OVC) a five-point advantage, 54-49, EKU scored seven straight to take the lead.

Denzel Richardson scored the first five and Corey Walden's lay-up with 4:32 left to play gave the visitors a 56-54 lead. UT Martin tied it at 56-56 and 58-58 before Eastern Kentucky scored the final eight points of the game.

Tennessee-Martin missed the front end of four 1-and-1 free throw opportunities in the final four and a half minutes and didn't score after a lay-up by Deville Smith with 3:30 left to play.

A Walden lay-up gave Eastern the lead for good, 60-58. The Colonels converted 6-of-8 at the free throw line after that.

Walden finished with a game-best 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting. He also grabbed five rebounds, dished out five assists and had two steals. Richardson registered his second career double-double, finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds to go along with four assists.

Stutz finished with 13 points and six rebounds. Recorded his 1,000th career point on a lay-up with 3:12 left in the first half.

Javier Martinez led UTM with 17 points and eight rebounds. He was 6-for-6 from the field and 5-for-6 from the free throw line.

After shooting 36 percent in the first half, including 3-of-18 from behind the three-point arc, Eastern knocked down 53 percent of its second half shots. The Colonels went 22-for-27 at the free throw line, out-scoring the Skyhawks by 11 at the stripe.

This two-game OVC opening road trip continues for the Colonels on Saturday at Southeast Missouri State. Tip-off in Cape Girardeau is scheduled for 7 p.m. ET.

NOTES
Eric Stutz needed five points to become the 13th player in Eastern Kentucky history to score 1,000 points and grab 500 rebounds. He finished with 13 points.

EKU had lost two straight games against the Skyhawks in Martin.

The Colonels have held seven straight opponents to fewer than 70 points.

The Skyhawks have held six straight opponents to fewer than 70 points.

Eastern Kentucky entered the game second in the nation in turnover margin (+10.4) and third in steals per game (11.2 spg). The Colonels finished with six fewer turnovers and seven steals.

Corey Walden now needs 44 more steals to break the EKU career record of 221.

EKU now leads the all-time series 27-16.

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Published on January 09, 2015

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