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Contests against 10 teams who took part in postseason tournaments last year and a pair of four-game homestands in Ohio Valley Conference play highlight the 2018-19 Morehead State men's basketball schedule.

All home games, plus all OVC road games, will air live on ESPN+. Additional television coverage and game times will be announced a later date.

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Morehead State sophomore guard Djimon Henson scored a game-high 22 points in his hometown Tuesday night, but host Butler pulled away after a tight first half to hand the Eagle men's basketball squad a 85-69 defeat at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Eagles slipped to 4-7 with their final non-conference game of 2017-18.

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Morehead State sophomore forward Londell King has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball Newcomer of the Week for Dec. 12-17.

King, a transfer who hails from Tallahassee, Fla., put together back-to-back 17-point, seven-rebound games as the Eagles defeated Kentucky Christian and Central Arkansas last week.

He was extremely solid when on the floor, shooting 73 percent (11-of-15) from the floor and hitting 91 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line.

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Inside Morehead State Basketball, an all-inclusive insight into the men's basketball program, will make its 2017-18 debut this week on the CW Lexington channel.

The show, hosted and produced by David Patrick, will air each Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on DIRECTV channel 14, DISH Network channel 28 and Spectrum Cable channel 99 (or Spectrum channel 5 in Lexington).

The show features commentary and a look back at previous games with head coach Preston Spradlin, along with fun features highlighting Morehead State's student-athletes and coaching staff.

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Career highs by newcomer forwards Malek Green and Londell King were not quite enough for the Morehead State men's hoops team Monday night in dropping an 82-78 decision at Central Arkansas' Farris Center.

The Eagles (1-5) got 16 points and six rebounds off the bench from Green, while King recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 12 rebounds to go along with a career standard three steals.

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Sophomore guard Djimon Henson poured in a season-high 17 points but Morehead State men's basketball again fell into a large early deficit and ended with a 96-63 setback at Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

Henson, who scored 12 this week at IUPUI, was 8-of-13 from the field and also added four assists for the Eagles (1-4). Virginia Tech (5-1), which leads the nation in field goal percentage, raced out to an 8-0 lead.

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Over the course of eight ties and nine lead changes, Morehead State men's basketball picked up its first win of the 2017-18 season with an 86-83 thriller over Marshall in the Eagles' home-opener on Thursday night at Ellis T. Johnson Arena.

With the win, Morehead State reclaims possession of the Ellis Johnson Trophy, awarded to the winner of the annual series between rival schools separated by only 68 miles of real estate. The Eagles have emerged victorious in each of the last three matchups at Johnson Arena.

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Morehead State men's basketball will match up with one of its longest-running rivals Thursday evening at Johnson Arena as Marshall visits for a 7 p.m. ET contest.

The 2017-18 regular-season home opener for the Eagles will be Greek Night and a Whiteout. The first 500 fans will receive free OneTownOneTeam t-shirts.

The Eagles (0-2) will look for their inaugural win this season after coming close at Lipscomb Sunday in a 77-70 setback. Marshall enters at 2-0, including an overtime win over fellow OVC foe UT Martin.

GAME NOTES

THE MARSHALL SERIES

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Four Morehead State Eagles scored in double figures, and the MSU men's basketball team used early and late scoring spurts to put away Cincinnati Christian 85-74 in an exhibition game at Johnson Arena Monday night.

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Morehead State men's basketball will get a final tune-up opportunity before Friday's season opener when the Eagles host Cincinnati Christian in an exhibition contest Monday at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles put forth a respectable showing last week in the Kentucky Cares exhibition at Kentucky before falling 92-67. Junior forward Lamontray Harris led Morehead State with 15 points and four rebounds, plus four assists, in 27 minutes. Sophomore guard Jordan Walker turned in 13 points.

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With 10 new players, including six freshmen, men's basketball head coach Preston Spradlin is concerned with more than just shot selection, rebound position, and defensive posture.

There is a more basic question that must first be answered.

Who will be the leaders of his Morehead State men's basketball team?

The Eagles have no seniors and only three juniors, two of whom are transfers.

The one returning junior, Lamontray Harris, and sophomore guard Jordan Walker are consciously working at being the leaders that Spradlin needs.

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Morehead State Athletics has presented a brand new premium fan experience at Johnson Arena, available immediately for both the men's and women's 2017-18 basketball seasons, known as the Courtside Club.

The premier seating area features cushioned chairs directly on the floor of Johnson Arena, paving way for the best view in the arena. Introducing in-seat wait service, fans can purchase food and beverages from the game-day menu prior to tip-off, with the service readily available all the way through halftime.

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Members of the media who cover the Ohio Valley Conference have selected their predicted order of finish for the men's and women's basketball teams this year. The Morehead State women have been tabbed for a third-place showing, while the men are ninth.

For the fourth year in a row the OVC has conducted a preseason Men's and Women's Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 12 voters from around the league cast a ballot on whom they thought would be the 2017-18 basketball favorites and preseason players of the year.

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Morehead State junior forward Lamontray Harris has been selected to a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team by College Sports Madness.

Harris was tabbed to the third-team squad.

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Been there, done that? Not so much for Preston Spradlin. At least not quite in the same way.

Oh, sure, the first-year Morehead State head basketball coach has been through preseason camps aplenty. It will be his ninth, in fact, on the Division I level.

But come Saturday, Spradlin will enjoy an experience he's never gone through - opening preseason camp as the head coach. The 2017-18 Eagles hold their first official full team practice Saturday as Spradlin and his nearly-new coaching staff direct a 14-man roster punctuated with much youth and many new faces.

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James Baker, a 6-foot-7 forward from Meade County High School, has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

Baker will be a freshman during the 2017-18 school year.

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Adrian "A.J." Hicks, a 6-foot-1 guard from Columbia State Community College has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

Hicks will be a junior during the 2017-18 school year.

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Londell King Jr., a 6-foot-7 forward from Gulf Coast State College (Fla.) has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Morehead State men's basketball program.

King will be a sophomore during the 2017-18 school year.

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Preston Spradlin, who spent the majority of the 2016-17 season as interim head coach and just concluded his third season with the program, has been named the 14th head men's basketball coach at Morehead State.

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Despite leading by as many as 14 midway through the first half, Morehead State dropped a 75-69 heartbreaker to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

"First off, great game by Murray State," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "But, this team is so special. They mean so much to me, to each other, to our university, to our community, and to their families. At the end of the day, that's what this is all about."

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In the penultimate game of the regular season, Morehead State men's basketball (14-14, 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference) knocked off Tennessee Tech (12-18, 8-7 OVC) 73-68 on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

The game was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

"It was a great, unbelievable team win for us," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "I thought we defended well, we shared the ball very well, and we really executed down the stretch."

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Morehead State men's basketball's four-game winning streak came to a close as they fell 64-52 at Tennessee State on Thursday night.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 13-13 on the year and 9-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while TSU improves to 16-11 and 7-7 in the league.

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Morehead State men's basketball (13-12, 9-3 Ohio Valley Conference) earned its ninth win in the past 11 games, defeating in-state rival Eastern Kentucky (10-17, 3-9 OVC) 67-62 on Saturday night in front of a boisterous crowd at Alumni Coliseum.

"You've got to take care of big games," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "Certainly, (winning) on the road helps you."

Xavier Moon once again led the way for the Eagles, notching 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in a full 40 minutes of action.

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In the first overtime game at Johnson Arena in 2016-17, Morehead State men's basketball (12-12, 8-3 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated Murray State (12-13, 6-5 OVC) by a final score of 101-100.

"This win means a lot," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "We played really well, especially in the first half. Our bench was absolutely terrific tonight."

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In a back-and-forth contest in which the lead changed 15 different times, Morehead State men's basketball (11-12, 7-3 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated Southeast Missouri (11-15, 6-5 OVC) 89-81 on Saturday evening at the Show Me Center.

"We're having fun, and we just don't look at the score," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "We just play, we just execute. We don't care if we're up or if we're down. We're going to fight, we're going to scrap, and we locked in and played extremely well down the stretch to secure the win."

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Morehead State men's basketball erased an 11-point second half deficit and rallied to defeat host Jacksonville State 72-69 at the Pete Mathews Coliseum Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles (10-12/6-3 OVC) fell behind 57-46 with less than 10 minutes remaining, but used a 22-5 run to pull back ahead. The Gamecocks fell to 13-11 and 5-4 in the league.

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Senior guard Xavier Moon scored a game-high 26 points, his fifth 20-point game in 2016-17, but the Morehead State men's basketball team came out on the short end of a 76-73 Ohio Valley Conference contest at Tennessee Tech Thursday night.

Morehead State (9-12/5-2 OVC) opened the game on a 12-0 run, but it was held to just 31 percent (9-of-29) shooting in the final half when TTU (9-14/5-3) outscored the Eagles 40-31. Tech nailed 11 three-pointers on the night, including eight in the final 20 minutes.

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Morehead State men's basketball added to its hot streak of now five wins in the past six outings, defeating Eastern Kentucky by a final score of 80-54 in front of a raucous crowd on Saturday night at Johnson Arena.

"We put goals on the (locker room) board every game, and we accomplished a bunch of those goals tonight," said interim head Preston Spradlin. "As a result, you get a really big win in front of a special crowd."

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Morehead State men's basketball (7-11, 3-2 Ohio Valley Conference) picked up an 87-85 win over Tennessee State (12-6, 3-2 OVC) in a down-to-the-wire thriller on Saturday night.

Tied at 85 with the game's final 10 seconds ticking away, DeJuan Marrero received the ball on the high post and began backing his man down to the basket. The Tennessee State defense collapsed, allowing Marrero to find senior forward Treshaad Williams with a window of open space underneath the basket.

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Morehead State men's basketball (6-11, 2-2 Ohio Valley Conference) dropped an 84-78 decision to Belmont (10-4, 4-0 OVC) Thursday night, despite an electric atmosphere in the season's first nationally televised game at Johnson Arena.

Down four with 22 seconds to go, Morehead State guard Xavier Moon grabbed a crucial rebound off the front end of a one-and-one at the defensive end. Miguel Dicent received the outlet pass, but came up short on a tightly contested jumper after 10 seconds of steadfast defense from the Bruins.

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