Arrington Leads Eagles Past SEMO in OVC Home Opener
The Morehead State men's basketball team opened the game on a 16-2 run and was never threatened as they rolled past Southeast Missouri State in their OVC home opener, 96-69. Senior guard Brent Arrington led all scorers with a season-high 21 points.
The win moves the Eagles to 1-1 in league play and 7-7 overall. SEMO falls to 2-13 and 0-3 in the league.
"We played with more energy and we passed the basketball better tonight," said head coach Sean Woods. "We changed some things up tonight. We applied more pressure full court, which got some things going and got us some easy buckets."
After Southeast Missouri State scored the first basket of the game, the Eagles responded with 16 straight of their own to open a 16-2 lead. All five starters got into the scoring column during that 16-0 run and the Eagles continued to shoot it well throughout the night.
They went into the locker room with a 46-31 lead and after that initial run would not lead by less than eight points the rest of the way.
Eleven different players scored for Morehead State and Arrington, junior forward DeJuan Marrero (12), junior guard Corban Collins (11), sophomore guard Miguel Dicent (10), and junior forward Treshaad Williams (10) all finished in double figures.
The Eagles shot 55 percent from the floor on the night and after shooting 6-of-9 from three-point range in the first half, finished the game shooting 10-of-18 from deep. They finished with a season-high 29 assists and nearly set a season-high in steals with 14. They outrebounded the Redhawks, 39-33.
Arrington, a preseason All-OVC selection, finished with a season-high 21 points, shooting 8-of-11 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range. He added five rebounds, five assists, and six steals.
"My knee is finally feeling great, but I give my teammates all of the credit for finding me in open spots," said Arrington. "Tonight was a great night, hopefully we can continue this for the rest of the year."
The Eagles look to make it two straight wins as they host UT Martin on Saturday night. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. ET.