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Men's Basketball falls to Jacksonville State, 70-61 on Senior Day

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Morehead State men's basketball fell to Jacksonville State by a score of 70-61 on Saturday at Johnson Arena, marking the Eagles' first home loss since Jan. 12.

Jacksonville State led for 27:49 of game time, including the entire second half. Following Saturday's result, the Eagles have dropped three of their last four games heading into next week's Ohio Valley Conference Tournament. Morehead State now stands at 14-15, 10-6 OVC.

"Our shots just weren't falling tonight," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "I was pleased with the attitudes in the locker room after the game. They were disappointed with the loss, but we need to use that as motivation going into the (conference) tournament."

Miguel Dicent led the way with 19 points on 5-of-9 (.556) shooting from long range, complemented by four assists in a game-high 38 minutes off the bench.

All five MSU seniors honored during pregame senior day ceremonies received a spot in the starting lineup, led by 6-foot-5 forward Treshaad Williams. Williams recorded 13 points, eight rebounds, and three steals, while Xavier MoonDeJuan MarreroRonnye Beamon Jr., and Ty'Quan Bitting each produced single-digit scoring outputs. Marrero pulled down a game-high nine boards.

"This group of seniors are unbelievably special," Spradlin said. "You can tell that from the 100 people on the court before the game to represent them for senior day."

Morehead State finished the contest shooting just 21-for-57 (.368) from the field, allowing 24-of-46 (.522) tries from the Gamecocks. Jacksonville State won the rebounding battle, 34-29.

"We've been writing a great story all year, and we have another chapter we're going to write," said Spradlin. "That's what we've been preparing for all year as we head to the OVC Tournament."

The Eagles will begin postseason play next Thursday at 9:30 p.m. ET, competing as the No. 3 seed in the OVC Tournament. Morehead State's next opponent has yet to be determined, as the Eagles will play whichever team lands the No. 6 spot in the conference.

Story provided by: MSU Athletics