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Freshman center-fielder Ryley Preece became the first Morehead State player to hit for the cycle since 2018 in the first game as the Eagle baseball team claimed a series win over rival Eastern Kentucky with a 14-5 victory Saturday afternoon.

The Colonels turned the tables and claimed the series finale of the doubleheader 11-0 in seven innings.

Morehead State moved to 2-1 in OVC play and 7-7 overall, while the Colonels sit at 5-9 and 1-2 in the league now.

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Trailing 31-3 at new PFL foe Presbyterian Saturday, the Morehead State football team kicked in a different gear. But a second-half rally came up short as the Eagles fell 31-16 to the Blue Hose at Bailey Memorial Stadium in both team's conference opener.

The Eagles got behind 24-3 at the half, but a pair of touchdown connections by junior quarterback Mark Pappas gave the visitors some life. A 50-yard strike to senior transfer receiver BJ Byrd and a 15-yard scoring toss to sophomore slot man Matt Guilfoil, his first career touchdown, accounted for the Eagles' second-half points.

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Morehead State baseball continued its upward trend in 2021 and opened the Ohio Valley Conference portion of the schedule with a 5-2 win over eastern Kentucky at Allen Field Friday afternoon.

The Eagles have now won six of their last seven games, four straight, and evened their record at 6-6. The Colonels slipped to 4-8. Morehead State has now won nine straight home games in the series since 2015.

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Morehead State head men's basketball coach Preston Spradlin has been named a finalist of another head coaching award by CollegeInsider.com, the Jim Phelan Award. The award is bestowed upon the nation's top Division I head coach.

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Eddie Childress, a member of Morehead State men's basketball's Ohio Valley Conference champion squads in 1982-83 and 1983-84, has passed away. Childress was 60 years old.

Services for Childress will be held at the Union Missionary Baptist Church in Muncie, Ind., at Noon ET on March 13.

A native of Muncie, Childress attended Muncie South High School before enrolling at Morehead State in 1979-80.

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Freshman first baseman Jackson Feltner recorded four hits, senior designated hitter Arthur Sells notched four RBI and junior third baseman Stephen Hill scored four runs as the Morehead State baseball team won its third straight game Tuesday night, coming out on top 12-9 in a slugfest over Ohio at Allen Field.

Sells opened the Eagle run-fest with a two-run double in the first and closed the night with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. In between, Feltner had a pair of RBI singles, and senior second baseman Bryce Hensor cranked his first home run of the year, a two-run shot.

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Ten years and one day after winning the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament championship, the Morehead State men's basketball program staked its claim again to the conference title Saturday night.

Facing top-seeded Belmont for the second time in a week (after defeating the Bruins in overtime last Saturday), the Eagles led from wire-to-wire in knocking off Belmont 86-71 at the Ford Center.

MSU punched its ticket to its eighth NCAA Tournament. The NCAA selection show is set for 6 p.m. ET on Sunday, March 14.

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Sophomore guard Ta'lon Cooper tied his career high with 17 points off the bench, while OVC Freshman of the Year Johni Broome recorded his 11th double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Morehead State men's basketball team grinded out a 61-54 win over seventh-seeded Southeast Missouri at the Ford Center late Wednesday night.

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Belmont's Grayson Murphy hit a three-pointer with three seconds left in regulation to force overtime, but Morehead State hit 13 of 14 free throws in the extra period as the Eagle men's basketball team ended the regular season with an 89-82 victory over the Bruins at Johnson Arena Saturday afternoon.

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Morehead State's men's basketball team set the program record for Ohio Valley Conference victories and locked in the No. 2 seed for next week's conference tournament with a 74-60 triumph over Tennessee State at Johnson Arena.

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Morehead State's rifle program is the recipient of the 2020-21 Ohio Valley Conference Sportsmanship Award. It is the program's fourth all-time Sportsmanship Award.

Voted on by the student-athletes and coaches of the respective sports, the team awards are bestowed upon the conference squads deemed to have best exhibited the standards of sportsmanship and ethical behavior as outlined by the OVC and NCAA. Included in the areas for evaluation are the conduct of student-athletes, coaches, staff and administrators and fans.

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Even with a game with the top two teams in the OVC looming this weekend, Morehead State men's basketball is focused on one thing alone - preparing for Tennessee State.

The Eagles and Tigers will square off in Nashville, Tenn., Thursday night at 9 p.m. ET with MSU looking to tie the program record with its 12th consecutive victory.

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Seven Morehead State rifle student-athletes earned all-conference honors, while head coach Alan Joseph was voted the 2021 Ohio Valley Conference Coach of the Year as the Eagles hosted the championships and finished second among the four teams.

The seven individuals earning all-conference tied the program best, also accomplishing that feat twice.

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In what could be dubbed an instant classic, Morehead State men's basketball shook off a huge early deficit and then weathered overtime to edge Austin Peay 75-74 at Johnson Arena Saturday afternoon.

In overtime, APSU's Terry Taylor missed the back end of a one-and-one with 0.9 seconds to go, the only free throw the Govs missed all day, and Eagle junior guard Skyelar Potter skied for the rebound to seal the victory. Potter led MSU with 20 points and 13 rebounds.

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Seeking to defend their conference title, Morehead State rifle is excited to host the Ohio Valley Conference Championships this weekend at Button Range.

The Smallbore competition is Saturday, beginning at 8 a.m. ET, while Air Rifle will take place on Sunday. Team champions will be crowned on both guns, and the overall campion will be awarded Sunday as well at the all-conference teams. No spectators are allowed in the Button building at any time this weekend due to COVID-19 protocols.

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Morehead State's men's basketball team used its stifling defense once again at Johnson Arena Thursday night as the Eagles shut down visiting Murray State to win 66-56 and collect the team's 10th consecutive victory. The triumph also marked the first regular-season sweep over the Racers since 2002-03.

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It all started Jan. 2 at Murray State.

The Morehead State men's basketball team ended a long losing streak to the Racers in games in Murray and started what is currently a nine-game winning streak. The Eagles will look to continue their success Thursday when Murray State visits for the second game in the season series.

Tipoff at Johnson Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET.

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Morehead State's Johni Broome continued to wreak havoc on league opponents this past week, and he has been honored for the fifth time as the OVC Freshman of the Week.

On Saturday, Broome helped the Eagles to their ninth consecutive victory, pouting in 22 points and grabbing a career-high 13 rebounds in a 19-point win at Tennessee Tech.

Broome had 17 points and eight rebounds by halftime and finished with his fourth 20-point effort in his first collegiate campaign.

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Combining to shoot 11-of-21 from the floor and 5-of-8 from three, redshirt sophomore Lauren Carter and sophomore Ariel Kirkwood each poured in 17 points to lead Morehead State women's basketball against UT Martin Saturday.

Kirkwood tallied her 17 points behind a career-best shooting performance from behind the arc, draining a career-high three treys on the afternoon. Carter totaled her points off a career-high-tying six field goals, including a season-high-tying two three-pointers. She tallied 13 second-half points, helping Morehead State erase a 21-point second-half deficit.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team outscored visiting UT Martin 44-22 in the second half Saturday and pulled away for a 76-44 victory at Johnson Arena, marking MSU's seventh consecutive Ohio Valley Conference triumph.

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The Morehead State rifle team returned from its winter break to post a resounding 4613-4495 win at Virginia Military Institute Saturday. VMI also fielded a women's only team with a 4369 score.

Sohomore Bryce Ward and senior Ryan Hinson led the Eagles by both posting 1155 aggregate totals. Ward's score included a personal-best 584 in Air Rifle along with a 571 in Smallbore.

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In a slugfest that featured 62 combined free three attempts, the Morehead State men's basketball team kept its current winning streak intact Thursday night, besting visiting Southeast Missouri 76-65 at Johnson Arena in a game featured on ESPNU.

The Eagles, who swept back-to-back games against the Redhawks, improved to 10-6 overall and 7-2 in the OVC, the best conference start since being 9-0 at that point in 2009-10. SEMO fell to 4-9 and 2-5 in the league.

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For the fourth time in his young career, Morehead State's Johni Broome has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week. He is the first freshman since Ricky Minard in 2000-01 to earn at least four weekly awards for the league's top frosh.

Broome, from Plant City, Fla., was nearly unstoppable in a national TV game at Eastern Illinois Thursday, helping MSU to its largest win ever in Charleston. He was 9-of-11 from the field, scoring a game high 20 points while coming up just one rebound shy of his fourth career double-double.

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Another lock-down effort on defense, plus four double-figure scorers on the offensive end of the floor, propelled Morehead State men's basketball to its fifth consecutive win, a 64-50 triumph at Southeast Missouri, Saturday night at the Show Me Center.

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Morehead State's basketball program had only won six times ever at Eastern Illinois' Lantz Arena, and the largest margin of victory was only eight. Thursday night, the current Eagles shattered that figure by knocking off the Panthers 87-61 for MSU's fourth consecutive win to stay perfect (4-0) in the New Year.

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Freshman Johni Broome missed a game and played sparingly in the previous contest against Tennessee Tech. But the 6-10 Florida native showed little rust Saturday as the three-time OVC Freshman of the Week produced 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks to pace the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 56-55 edging of Jacksonville State at Johnson Arena.

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Morehead State men's basketball's defensive pressure was in play again on Thursday night as the Eagles limited Tennessee Tech to just 37 percent overall and 26 percent from long range in earning a 57-54 victory over the Golden Eagles at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles (6-6/3-2 OVC) battled back and forth with the visitors from Cookeville, Tenn., before finally pulling ahead for good thanks to a bucket and a three-pointer from junior forward Jaylen Sebree with less than two minutes to play.

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Morehead State junior guard Skyelar Potter has been voted as the OVC Newcomer of the week.

Potter, a transfer from Wright State from Bowling Green, Ky., earned his first-ever OVC weekly award, giving MSU four league honors this season (Johni Broome has three Freshman of the Week accolades). That is the most awards for the program in a single season since Kenneth Faried and Demonte Harper combined for nine in 2010-11.

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After recording her first career double-double in her first game in an Eagle uniform, Morehead State women's basketball's Gabby Crawford earned Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week honors by unanimous selection, the league announced Tuesday.

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The 6-foot-10 men's basketball newcomer was selected as the first Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week for the 2020-21 season.

Broome, a native of Plant City, Fla., got a starting assignment in his first collegiate week and delivered solid performances. In his first career home game, a win over Arkansas State Sunday, Broome led the team with 25 points and 12 rebounds to go along with five blocked shots. He scored 19 in the second half, including seven straight in the final three minutes in a close game that distanced the Eagles from the Red Wolves for the final margin.

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