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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 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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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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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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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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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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Due to a positive COVID-19 case with the Detroit Mercy men's basketball program, the schedule for the Bluegrass Showcase event at Rupp Arena has been revised.

Morehead State men's basketball is still slated to meet Kentucky at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday. That game will air live on the SEC Network.

The Eagles will now face Richmond at 6 p.m. Friday, instead of the original 9 p.m. tip-off time. The game will air on YouTube live through Richmond.

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Even though it came in setback fashion, Morehead State rifle opened its 2020-21 season Friday with a solid showing at Murray State. The Eagles dropped the match 4674-4649 but displayed several personal bests and scored 37 points more in this season opener than the previous season.

The Eagles totaled 2339 in Air Rifle and 2310 in Smallbore. The host Racers nipped the visitors slightly in Smallbore with a 2319 and scored a 2355 on the Air range.

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Taking "The Next Opportunity" to return to the course this fall, Morehead State men's and women's golfers claimed a banner day, claiming a superfecta and perfecta across the men's and women's division at The Next Opportunity event at Keene Trace Golf Club.

The two-day event took place across both of Keene Trace's 18-hole championship golf courses as Monday's round took place at Champion Trace-the home of the PGA Tour's Barbasol Championship-and Tuesday's round at Keene Run.

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Earning one of the highest recognitions from the Ladies Professional Golf Association's Teaching Division, Morehead State women's golf head coach Stephanie Barker has been named the LPGA Midwest Coach of the Year, the LPGA announced Wednesday.

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Three individuals who combine to own numerous game, season and career records, plus the winningest football head coach in the history of the school, comprise the 2020 Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame class.

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For the 10th and 11th times in program history, a Morehead State golfer has earned Srixon/Cleveland Golf All-America Scholar honors with the selection of redshirt junior Ryan Gillum and junior Joe Muschong by the Golf Coaches Association of America for the 2019-20 season.

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Morehead State Rifle's Alexa Potts has joined elite company. The recently graduated Potts has been named a First-Team Academic All-American as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

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Opponents of Morehead State football became well aware of the dominance of defensive end Vaughn Taylor, Jr., in 2019. After all, he led the Pioneer League in tackles for loss and sacks. His name is now recognized nationally as Taylor, Jr. was tabbed to the FCS Preseason All-America Team by College Sports Journal.

A native of Washington, D.C., who transferred to MSU from Kansas, he tackled foes in the backfield 18 times in 2019, a figure which ranks second among the program's best defenders. His sack total reflected 5.5 quarterback takedowns.

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Morehead State Athletics is excited to announce the launch of the Legacy Club, an exclusive membership group geared toward student-athlete alums and former support staff of all eras.

The Legacy Club is a part of The Eagle Family Fund and provides former MSU student athletes the opportunity to maintain a lifelong connection with MSU Athletics.

Alums can become a charter member if they join The Legacy Club in the inaugural year (2020-21) or the first year post-graduation. Membership is only a $100 contribution (or just $8.34 per month).

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Following a freshman campaign that saw her capture three individual top-10 finishes while leading her team to four top-five placements, Morehead State women's golf's MacKenzie Neal garnered postseason honors from the Ohio Valley Conference.

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Despite an unorthodox semester with a majority of academic work from home online, Morehead State student-athletes performed exceptionally admirable for the spring 2020 semester and for the entire 2019-20 academic year.

Fifteen (15) teams had combined team grade point averages at 3.0 or better for the spring, while 13 achieved team GPAs of 3.0 or better for the entire year. Morehead State's overall department GPA was 3.43 for the spring semester and 3.28 for the year.

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A former Morehead State Eagle tight end has reached his dream of playing professional football.

Jake Sutherland, who played at Morehead State from 2014-17 with more than 500 receiving yards and five touchdowns, was selected to play for the New York Guardians of the XFL, which starts the 10-game season Feb. 9 against the Tampa Bay Vipers at home in MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, the same facility the NFL's New York Giants and Jets play their home games in.

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The Ohio Valley Conference will recognize former Morehead State Women's Basketball sharpshooter Kandi (Brown) Parker during the 2020 OVC Championship Tournament as a legend of the league.

The OVC is in its sixth consecutive year honoring its 12-member school's student-athletes that have been successful. During the event set to run from March 4-7 at Ford Center in Evansville, Ind., the OVC will display signage, read P.A. messages, and highlight Parker in a feature in the event's program.

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Reigning Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week Jazzmyn Elston bucketed a career-best 30 points as the Morehead State Women's Basketball team came up short, 82-75, against league-leading Tennessee Tech at the Hooper Eblen Center on Thursday evening.

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After serving in an interim role since April, Jaime Gordon will now assume the full-time position of Director of Athletics at Morehead State. Gordon's appointment is effective February 1.

Gordon, who recently concluded his 17th season as the head coach of the Morehead State Volleyball program, is the winningest coach in the school's history in any sport. He has guided the Eagles to 309 victories since 2003.

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Five Morehead State football student-athletes have been named to Phil Steele's 2019 postseason all-Pioneer League Teams.

Junior defensive lineman Vaughn Taylor Jr., and sophomore return man Ian Holder were first-team picks (both players also made the first-team in the PFL's own postseason lists). Junior wide receiver Landon Hurst and senior offensive lineman Josh Poe earned second team nods, while junior Andrew Foster made the third team as a punter.

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The Morehead State Soccer team has been awarded for its performance in the classroom during the fall 2019 semester, receiving the Team Academic Award from the United Soccer Coaches.

For a team to be considered for the United Soccer Coaches Team Academic Award, it must have a composite team grade point average of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for all team members who appear on the official NCAA roster.

The Eagles turned in a composite team GPA of 3.5 in the fall.

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Former Morehead State all-star basketball athlete Kenneth Faried has been named to the Lou Henson All-Decade Team as presented by CollegeInsider.com.

The All Decade Team identifies the 40 outstanding players who competed for mid-major college basketball programs between 2010 and 2019. The voting panel consisted of 21 Division I head coaches, four athletic directors and six senior members of the College Insider staff. The Ohio Valley Conference makes up 10 percent of the list as he is one of four players, joining Murray State's Isiah Canaan and Ja Morant and Belmont's Evan Bradds.

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Former Morehead State men's basketball center Kenneth Faried has agreed to terms with the Zhenjiang Guangsha Lions hoops club in China.

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When no other colleges would take a chance on a young golfer, Morehead State's long-time head coach Rex Chaney did, and now 25 years after his career finished, Shawn Armstrong is heading into the MSU Athletics Hall of Fame.

Armstrong will be inducted into the Morehead State Athletic Hall of Fame, along with two other Athletic Hall of Fame members, on the night of Oct. 18 at the University's banquet also honoring Alumni Hall of Fame members and the Founder's Award for University Service. All will be honored at the Homecoming football game at 2 p.m. ET on Oct. 19.

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