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Morehead State senior wide receiver BJ Byrd has rounded out the all-American awards season with his fifth honor. Byrd was named to the Walter Camp Foundation All-American Team.

Byrd earned All-American accolades from Hero Sports, Associated Press, Stats Perform, Phil Steele and now Walter Camp.

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A lockdown defensive mindset, coupled with 61 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes, propelled Morehead State Men's Basketball to its 15th consecutive home win and fifth straight overall win in 2021-22 with a 76-62 triumph over visiting UT Martin Wednesday night.

The Eagles improved to 11-5 overall and 3-0 in the league, slipping the Skyhawks to 6-10 overall and an even 2-2 in OVC matchups. MSU has now won 13 consecutive games versus the UTM contingent in Johnson Arena since 2005.

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Two Morehead State football student-athletes have been selected to showcase their talent at the 2022 Spiral Tropical Bowl on Jan. 15.

Wide receiver BJ Byrd will be on the National Team, led by head coach Jim Collins. Offensive lineman Michael Davis will be on the America Team, led by head mentor Todd Littlejohn.

The game, one of the premier all-star games for seniors, will be held at Camping World Stadium in Orlando, Fla. A pay-per-view telecast is available. More than 350 Tropical Bowl alumni have gone on to the NFL since it's inception in 2016.

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Women's basketball received another stellar effort from Jada Claude and battled for a strong second half, but it wasn't enough, as the Eagles fell on the road to Austin Peay, 66-49.

The Governors built their lead in the first half, primarily on the strength of a 23-13 rebounding advantage, including 10 of those boards coming on the offensive end. The Eagles fought back with a much improved second half, however, limiting their opponents to only a single three-pointer and forcing them into nine turnovers as they fought to try and get back into the game.

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Morehead State Men's Basketball gutted out a 66-55 OVC victory at Austin Peay on Saturday evening at the Dunn Center.

The Eagles improved to 10-5 overall, their fourth straight win, and 2-0 in the OVC. APSU fell to 0-3 in the league and 4-9 overall.

Second-year big man Johni Broome had to sit much of the second half with four fouls but still finished with team-highs of 19 points and eight rebounds as the Eagles out-boarded the hosts 40-36.

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Morehead State dropped their first contest of 2022, falling to the Tennessee State Lady Tigers in a New Year's Day matinee, 58-34. The Eagles dropped to 0-2 in OVC play, while Tennessee State improved to 2-0.

The Eagles were stymied for much of the game offensively by Tennessee State's aggressive, full court defense, which held Morehead State to shoot only 26.5% from the field and commit 24 turnovers.

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Second-year freshman center Johni Broome was held scoreless for the first 15 minutes against Eastern Illinois Wednesday night but still finished with his ninth double-double of the 2021-22 season with 21 points and 10 rebounds, to go along with six blocked shots, while grad transfer Tray Hollowell poured in 16 points as the Morehead State men's basketball team held off the Panthers 63-50 at Johnson Arena.

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The Eagles fought through adversity in a hard fought effort, but dropped their OVC opener against Eastern Illinois Wednesday, 91-64

Morehead State was without their head coach, Cayla Petree, who missed the contest due to illness, and only had eight uniformed players, but still battled against EIU's full court press defense and barrage of three pointers for the majority of the game.

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Morehead State quarterback Mark Pappas, who just finished his career as the fourth leading passer in program history, has signed a deal to become the quarterback for the Stockholm Mean Machines American Football Club in Stockholm, Sweden.

The Mean Machines will be playing in the Swedish Superserien as well as in the new Scandinavian Cup tournament which kicks off April 30.

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After one of the most impressive seasons in program history as just a true freshman, Morehead State baseball student-athlete Jackson Feltner has earned a Third-Team Preseason All-American nod from Collegiate Baseball.

He is the only player from the Ohio Valley Conference on CB's preseason list, after earning Freshman All-America from the national media publication in 2021.

Hailing from nearby Louisa, Ky., the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Year (MSU's first in program history) ranked second among all true freshmen in Division I with a .390 average.

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Morehead State senior football standouts Vaughn Taylor, Jr., and BJ Byrd have each garnered their third All-American honors following the 2021 season. Both were tabbed to the Second-Team Stats Perform FCS All-American list.

Each were also on the All-American teams for the Associated Press and Hero Sports.

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The Eagles battled in a tightly contested contest with Valparaiso on Sunday, but could never break through and ultimately fell 65-57.

Morehead State shot 46% from the floor and stayed within five or less points for much of the afternoon with the Beacons, but never held a lead aside from the opening basket.

Jada Claude led the Eagles offensive attack with her second double-double in as many days, scoring 16 points and collecting 10 rebounds. Terri Smith led all scorers with 17 points and Alana Denson added 11 points to round out the Morehead State offense.

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It may have pouring down real rain drops outside, but inside Johnson Arena Saturday the Morehead State men's basketball team rained in 15 three-pointers, including 10 in the second half, as the Eagles raced past Alice Lloyd (Ky.) 87-47.

MSU improved to 7-5 on the season and won its 13th consecutive home game. Alice Lloyd, an NAIA program from southeastern Kentucky, entered the game undefeated at 13-0 and counted the game as an exhibition. The second half proved to a difference-maker as MSU outscored ALC 53-25 after leading 34-22 at the halfway point.

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Wrapping up an incredible indoor volleyball career with a plethora of off-the-court accolades as well, Volleyball grad student Olivia Lohmeier has added an Academic All-America honor to her list of awards.

Lohmeier was named Third-Team Academic All-America, as selected by CoSIDA. She is the sixth Eagle to ever be named Academic All-America and first since Emma Keough in 2011. It's also the 42nd all-time Academic All-America honor in MSU athletic history.

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Morehead State's Vaughn Taylor, Jr., BJ Byrd and Brady McKnight have all been tabbed to the Hero Sports Football Championship Subdivision All-American Teams.

Taylor, Jr., is a Second-Team defensive pick, while Byrd is on the Third-Team offensive unit. The Eagles' long snapper, McKnight, was named Freshman All-America.

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Playing its second top-25 opponent this season, Morehead State men's basketball outscored the No. 22 Xavier Musketeers by five in the second half, scoring 44 points, but a 20-4 first-half run by the team on their home court proved to be too much to overcome as the Eagles fell 86-63 at the Cintas Center Wednesday night.

MSU (6-5) fell behind 47-19 at the halftime break, but forced X into eight mistakes in the final half and outscored the Big East Musketeers (10-1) 44-39.

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Morehead State returned home after a lengthy road trip, but fell to longtime in-state rival EKU Wednesday, 66-43.

The Eagles managed to turn the Colonels over 19 times throughout the game, but struggled on the glass, being outrebounded 46-25 and allowing 22 second chance points.

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Sophomore point guard Ta'Lon Cooper posted a double-double with 11 points and 12 assists, while junior Jaylen Sebree posted his first career MSU double-figure scoring effort with 13 points as the Morehead State men's basketball team shook off a pesky Presbyterian Blue Hose squad for a 71-66 victory at Johnson Arena Monday night.

The Eagles (6-3) won their 12th consecutive game at home and improved to 3-0 all-time against PC (6-4).

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After earning a program-record nine OVC Freshman of the Week honors last season, Morehead State second-year center Johni Broome has now earned his first OVC Player of the Week accolade.

The OVC leader in double-doubles, Broome had 15 points and 11 rebounds in the Eagles' 59-51 win over Georgia Southern last week. He coupled that with six blocked shots for his fourth double-double in eight games.

Broome leads the conference in rebounding (10.0) and blocked shots (3.8) per game, ranking fourth in the nation in rejections. He now has 87 career blocks in 38 carer games.

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Morehead State Football now has the distinction of being the only FCS program with a 2021 candidate for the offensive, defensive and punter of the year for the subdivision.

Grad student punter Andrew Foster is one of the 10 semifinalists for the FCS Punter of the Year. He was also on the watch list and a semifinalist during the spring 2021 season.

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Morehead State battled hard against one of the best teams in the country, but it wasn't enough to overcome the Baylor Lady Bears, as the Eagles fell 73-28.

Morehead State (1-5) utilized an effective zone defense for much of the game against the bigger Baylor squad, forcing the Bears to run a majority of their offense from the perimeter, but was undone by an incredible shooting performance from the fifth ranked team in the country, as Baylor hit 13 three pointers throughout the night.

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Led by a season-high 20 points from junior guard Skyelar Potter, Morehead State men's basketball never trailed in defeating Kansas City 70-62 to sweep the Eracism Invitational Saturday night at First National Bank Arena.

The Eagles moved above .500 at 4-3 with their second win in as many days. Potter hit four three-pointers, joined by grad transfer guard Tray Hollowell who also hit four three-balls and scored 14. That pair was 8-of-12 on shooting from behind the arc.

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Four players scored in double figures, led by 20 points from freshman forward Johni Broome, and sophomore guard Ta'Lon Cooper nearly had another triple-double as the Morehead State basketball team nearly led from wire to wire in handing host Arkansas State a 75-51 defeat in the first game of the Eracism Invitational at First National Bank Arena.

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Morehead State senior defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., truly had one of the best seasons in program history this fall. The Washington, D.C. native was recently named to the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, but now as the season has concluded, he is a finalist for the award honoring the nation's best defensive FCS player.

Taylor, Jr., is one of 25 finalists. A 50-member, national media panel will select the winner, who will be announced on Jan. 7 in Frisco, Texas - the eve of the FCS championship game.

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Morehead State opened their home schedule with a win, as they stormed past Midway (KY) to a 72-53 victory. The win was the first of the season for the Eagles, and the first Division 1 victory for head coach Cayla Petree.

"One is one too many and one more is never enough," said Petree after the game. "When I woke up this morning I had never won a Division 1 game, but let's try and get this win on Wednesday and have a happy Thanksgiving."

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After their performances in a win at Valparaiso Saturday, Morehead State senior quarterback Mark Pappas and senior linebacker Vincent Winey have earned Pioneer League Player of the Week accolades.

Pappas was named Offensive Player of the Week for the third time this season, while Winey was tabbed the league's Defensive Player of the Week.

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The Eagles fought to the very end, but ultimately fell in a hard fought matchup with regional rival Marshall, 65-58.

Morehead State was led by junior Lauren Carter, who in her first action of the season posted the second double-double of her career, with a career high 21 points, a career high 12 rebounds, two assists and three steals. Carter's efforts were supplemented by graduate students Tyler Moore, Terri Smith, who had nine points apiece and fellow graduate student Julan McDonald, who had eight points and five rebounds.

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Behind 22 kills from grad student Olivia Lohmeier and 15 each from freshman Maycie Welborn and sophomore Abby Hulsman, Morehead State Volleyball rallied from down 2-1 to oust Austin Peay 3-2 and reach the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Championship match.

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Sophomore guard Ta'Lon Cooper came within two rebounds of a triple-double and several other career-highs occurred Thursday night as the Morehead State men's basketball team raced past Transylvania (Ky.) 84-59 at Johnson Arena to even the Eagles' record at 2-2.

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Senior wide receiver BJ Byrd made his and more than 20 other seniors' final home game a most memorable one Saturday. Byrd set four program single season or single-game records and hauled in the game-winning touchdown with 20 seconds left as the Morehead State football team rallied in the fourth quarter to hand Stetson a 36-35 defeat at Jayne Stadium.

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