Smith’s historic streak ends in Eastern loss


Adam Tumino | The Daily Eastern News

Eastern forward Sammy Friday IV attempts a layup from beneath the basket in a game against Morehead State Jan. 14. Friday had 8 points and 5 rebounds in the game, an 87-61 loss for the Panthers.

Adam Tumino, Editor-in-Chief

A record-breaking streak from Eastern guard Mack Smith ended Thursday in a game the Eastern men’s basketball team lost 87-61 against Morehead State.

Smith did not make a three-point field goal in the game, which ended his streak of consecutive games with a three pointer at 91. Smith set a new NCAA Division I record with the streak, having broken the previous record of 88 back on Dec. 30.

“It was a lot of fun while it lasted. It lasted a long time,” Eastern head coach Jay Spoonhour said. “I’m not sure how you respond when you’ve had 91 in a row and it doesn’t go your way. It’s probably pretty tough for him to take, but he’ll be fine. The thing about it is that it’s an unbelievable accomplishment and it was great when he was doing it, and now he gets to enjoy it for a while. One day somebody will come along and get it, but at least he gets to have it for a while.”

Smith shot 0-of-10 from three and recorded 1 point in the game, but he was not the only Eastern player to struggle against the Eagles.

Eastern shot just 24-of-65 from the field and 7-of-28 from three while Morehead State shot over 50 percent from the field.

“It was bad,” Spoonhour said of the game. “We weren’t very good and they were good. They’re a good team.”

With the loss, the Panthers are now 2-3 in conference play on the season and 5-7 overall.

Marvin Johnson led the Panthers on offense with 18 points in the game, shooting 7-of-20 from the field.

Johnson is the second-leading scorer on Eastern this season.

“He’s been playing really well, and everything we get is because of him,” Spoonhour said. “The plays he made were all good ones. In this one he kind of got rid of the ball and came off some screens and did some good things. He did fine, we’re going to need him to play really well Saturday. Saturday will be real hard.”

On Saturday, Eastern will host Eastern Kentucky at 4 p.m. in Lantz Arena. The Colonels are 5-1 in conference play this season and have the top-ranked offense in the OVC, averaging 81.3 points per game.

“They throw a lot of guys at you, and the game is really fast” Spoonhour said. “We’ve got guys out. We’ve got eight or nine guys that we’re playing, so until we get some guys back, playing a team like this will be difficult, but you can do it. You’ve got to manage the ball, not give it to them, not let the game get going too crazy. They are playing very well, and Tre King is as good a big man as has been in this league in a while.”

King, a junior forward for the Colonels, is third in the OVC in points per game (17.2) and second in rebounds per game (8.2).


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