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A valiant effort by the Morehead State men's basketball team came up inches short Saturday night at Eastern Kentucky as the Eagles fell 80-76 in the regular season finale.

A back and forth battle saw MSU hold a second-half lead midway through the final 20 minutes, but a five-point swing - all on EKU free throws - shifted the lead back to the hosts, and MSU played catch up the rest of the way as the Eagles ended the regular season 7-11 in the OVC and 13-18 overall.

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Morehead State men's basketball was tied with Ohio Valley Conference co-leader Austin Peay midway through the second half, but a surge in the final nine minutes by the host Govs pushed them past the Eagles 67-58 at the Dunn Center Thursday night.

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After leading his team to a pair of league wins this past weekend, Morehead State senior guard Jordan Walker has earned the Ohio Valley Conference's Men's Basketball Player of the Week accolade this week.

Walker, the 6-footer from Indianapolis, led MSU to a 90-74 win over Southeast Missouri with 21 points and five rebounds to go along with three assists. Walker hit a trio of three-pointers.

On Saturday, Walker erupted for 17 second-half points and netted 22 overall while also leading the team in rebounds with seven as MSU topped UT Martin 85-77.

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Senior Jordan Walker netted a team-high 22 points, including 17 in the second half, to lead four players who scored double digits as the Morehead State men's hoops team held off UT Martin 85-77 Saturday at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who have still not lost to the Skyhawks at home since 2005-06, moved to 10-2 at home in 2019-20 and to 11-12 overall. The Eagles are also now 5-5 in the OVC. UTM slipped to 6-15 overall and 2-8 in the league.

Morehead State scored 52 points in the second half against UTM, a season-high for points in a half against Division I competition.

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Seniors Jordan Walker and Djimon Henson both scored team-highs of 21 points to lead four in double figures as the Morehead State men's basketball team scored a 90-74 victory over Southeast Missouri Thursday at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who tied a season high with 11 three-pointers and 23 assists, improved to 9-2 at home and to 10-12 overall and 4-5 in the OVC. SEMO was left still searching for its first conference win at 0-9.

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Senior guard Djimon Henson scored 19 points to lead four players in double figures, and Morehead State hit 11 of its final 13 free throws and shot 86 percent at the line overall in handing Tennessee Tech an 83-72 defeat Saturday at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who are now 13-1 in home games versus Tech since 2005-06, improved to 7-8 overall and evened their OVC ledger at 1-1. TTU lost its sixth consecutive battle to slip to 3-12 overall and 0-2 in league play.

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Despite a gutsy rally in the second half after trailing by as many as 12, Morehead State men's basketball could not find the magic touch and fell 76-72 to Jacksonville State in both team's Ohio Valley Conference openers Thursday at Johnson Arena.

JSU has now won six straight over the Eagles, but the average margin of victory is only 3.8.

After missing the previous two games, freshman forward Tyzhaun Claude exploded for career highs of 19 points and 12 rebounds in 30 minutes of action in his first career start.

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Morehead State guard Ta'lon Cooper didn't miss a shot and he contributed to points on six other occasions, leading him to earn his first-ever OVC Freshman of the Week accolade.

Cooper, a 6-4 guard from Spartanburg, S.C., was 7-for-7 from the floor and 4-for-4 from the free throw line in scoring a career-best 20 points against ALC. He also dished off a team-high six assists as the Eagles trounced their foe 102-46.

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Career highs in many stat categories from multiple players propelled the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 102-46 triumph over Alice Lloyd (Ky.) Saturday at Johnson Arena.

The MSU Eagles improved to 6-7 heading into Ohio Valley Conference play this week.

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Morehead State seniors Jordan Walker and Djimon Henson combined for 46 points as the Eagle men's basketball team came up just short at Ohio Saturday, falling 82-76.

The Eagles fell behind by 12 in the first half but never fully faltered, mounting a furious rally to lead at the half. MSU slipped to 5-7 overall, while the Bobcats moved to 8-4.

Walker, who drilled six three-pointers, became just the second player in program history with at least 1,200 points, 200 assists, 100 steals and 175 triples. He has 176 three-balls now in his four seasons.

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Senior guard Djimon Henson saw a night with multiple season and career highs. But, a blazing hot Thundering Herd offense was ultimately too much to overcome as the Morehead State men's basketball team fell to Marshall, 89-62, Monday night at Johnson Arena.

Henson re-wrote his personal-best ledger, as the Indianapolis native tied his career-high in points, scoring 23 on a season-best 5-for-9 from the floor, and a career high 11-of-14 from the charity stripe.

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Morehead State men's basketball held visiting IUPUI to just one field goal in the final 13 minutes of the first half and used a 15-0 run to end the half en route to gutting out a 56-51 victory over the Jaguars Wednesday at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who ended a four-game losing skid, improved to 5-4 overall and won for the second straight year over IUPUI. The Jaguars dipped to 2-7.

While Morehead State had a tough night shooting the ball itself, the Eagles made the going tough for the Jaguars. MSU held IUPUI to just 5-of-25 (20 percent) in the opening 20 minutes.

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If one were to look at Tuesday night's box score for the Morehead State men's basketball team, one would probably take a look at the key stats and assume a victory for the Eagles.

MSU shot 51 percent and only turned the ball over a season-low four times. But the host Tribe connected on 60 percent of their field goals, including 13 triples, as they raced past MSU 95-84 in an offensive shootout at Kaplan Arena.

It marked the first-ever meeting between the two programs. Morehead State slipped to 4-3 in 2019-20, while W&M moved to 5-1.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team used an 18-2 first-half run and a 20-2 scoring spurt in the final half to distance itself and defeat visiting Spalding (Ky.) 92-44 Thursday at Johnson Arena.

Morehead State improved to 2-0, starting the season with two straight wins for the first time since 2016-17.

Five players scored in double figures for the host Eagles, led by sophomore guard Malik Riddle's 15. Junior guard Justin Thomas stuffed the stat sheet with 12 points, eight assists, six steals and six rebounds, and the Eagles canned 11 of 17 three-pointers.

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Morehead State men's basketball picked up a gut-check victory in the first game out in the 2019-20 season as the Eagles outlasted visiting Samford 90-86 in double overtime at Johnson Arena Tuesday.

The Eagles, who have now won four of the last five season openers, played the Bulldogs (former OVC foes) to an overtime battle for the second straight season.

Senior guard Jordan Walker scored a game-high 25 points, including two free throws with 0.5 seconds left to send the game to overtime.

The Eagles now host Spalding (Ky.) on Thursday at 6 p.m. ET.

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Fifteen regular-season home contests, three of which are against foes who made appearances in national postseason tournaments a season ago, and games in the Hall of Fame Classic highlight Morehead State's 2019-20 men's basketball slate.

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Former Morehead State standout Treshaad Williams will be taking the next step in his professional endeavors, agreeing to terms to play for the Villa San Martin basketball club in Argentina. A native of Nashville, Ga., Williams heads to South America after a season in Australia with the South Adelaide Panthers.

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Former Morehead State men's basketball forward Lamontray Harris has taken the next step in his professional endeavors, signing a contract with BC Zaporizhya in Ukraine.

The hoops club, based in the city with the same name, fields its competition in the country's first-tier league, the Ukrainian Basketball SuperLeague. By adding Harris, BC Zaporizhya looks to get back to their title-winning ways, having previously won two championships (most recently in 2013).

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Adam Gage has joined the Morehead State men's basketball coaching staff as a graduate assistant.

Gage comes to Morehead State by way of the College of Central Florida where he served as a volunteer assistant with the men's basketball team under Head Coach Tim Ryan.

Gage, a native of Beverly Hills, Fla., graduated from Florida Gulf Coast with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science in 2018. In his four years at FGCU, he was a student manager and was a part of two Atlantic Sun Conference regular season title teams and two tournament championship teams.

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The Morehead State men's basketball program will host the Eagle Day Camp this summer.

The Eagle Day Camp will take place in Johnson Arena and run from June 10-13 from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. The price is $65 per camper and will include a camp t-shirt, a picture with head coach Preston Spradlin, and ample opportunities for prizes, autographs, and more.

For more information on registration and payment, please visit http://abcsportscamps.com/msueaglembb

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Despite a valiant second-half effort after trailing by more than 20, the Morehead State men's basketball team ultimately saw its season come to a close on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the OVC Tournament as the Eagles fell 95-81 to the Austin Peay Govs.

MSU finished its second full season under head coach Preston Spradlin at 13-20. The Eagles scored 52 second-half points, their highest output against a Division I team this year.

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Led by a career high 22 points from sophomore Malek Green, Morehead State men's basketball advanced in the 2019 Ohio Valley Conference with a 72-68 victory SIU Edwardsville Wednesday at the Ford Center.

The Eagles, the fifth seed, improved to 13-19. SIUE's Cougars, the eighth seed, ended its season at 10-21.

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As it always is, the battle between Morehead State and Eastern Kentucky in men's hoops was fierce on Saturday night, but sophomore Malek Green hit a pair of free throws with 20 seconds left, and the Eagle defense forced a missed shot at the buzzer as the Eagles defeated the Colonels, 78-77.

Morehead State finished the regular season at 8-10 in the OVC and 12-19 overall. EKU closes its campaign at 13-18 and 6-12 in the league.

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Sophomore forward James Baker scored a career-high 20 points and had four blocked shots, while senior Lamontray Harris totaled nine points and seven rebounds in a second-half comeback as Morehead State men's basketball secured a 66-63 win at Tennessee Tech Saturday.

The Eagles improved to 7-9 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 11-18 overall. With Eastern Illinois' loss at Tennessee State tonight, MSU moves into a tie for fifth place in the OVC race with a tiebreaker over EIU. Tech slid to 3-13 in the league and 7-22 overall. It also marked a season sweep over the Golden Eagles.

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The Morehead State men's basketball Eagles gained a double-digit lead, saw it evaporate, and fought to gain the lead back in the closing minutes. However, the Eagles fell one play short of a victory, as Austin Peay defeated MSU, 73-70, Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles led by as many 10 in the opening frame, holding a 25-15 lead after a thunderous jam from De'Von Cooper brought the crowd to its feet. The Governors closed the stanza on an 18-7 run to take the lead at the halftime intermission, 33-32.

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An early lead went by the wayside in the first half, but Morehead State's men's basketball team fought until the end before falling 96-86 to OVC first-place Belmont Saturday at Johnson Arena.

MSU led by as much as five in the first half and held a 27-26 advantage before Belmont started pouring in triples. The Bruins started 2-for-10 from long range but then hit nine of the next 11 and pulled ahead 53-37 by the end of the half.

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Junior guard Jordan Walker scored a career-high 30 points, including 18 in the second half, and senior forward Lamontray Harris joined Morehead State's 1,000-point club as the Eagles erased a big first-half hole and defeated Eastern Illinois 84-78 Saturday at Lantz Arena.

The Eagles, who had only won four previous times in 19 tries at EIU, improved to 9-14 overall and 5-5 in the OVC. The host Panthers slid to 6-4 in conference contests and 13-10 overall.

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The Morehead State men's basketball Eagles ultimately fell to Jacksonville State, 77-71, Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena. The Eagles showed guts and grit throughout 40 minutes. But the home team came out on the losing end of a back-and-forth battle that saw six ties and 10 lead changes, with neither team leading by more than six until the closing minutes.

With today's result, the Eagles move to 8-13 on the season, 4-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play. Jacksonville State advances to 15-6 overall, and 7-1 in league action.

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The Morehead State men's basketball Eagles catapulted themselves to a victory via a season-high in field goal shooting, downing the UT Martin Skyhawks 85-77 Saturday evening at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles are now winners of their last three games, heading into next week's slate at 7-12 overall and 3-3 in Ohio Valley Conference action. With the loss, UT Martin regresses to 5-12, 0-6 in the league on the year.

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Down one more than a baker's dozen with 11:26 to play, the Morehead State men's basketball Eagles played an inspired brand of basketball in the closing stretch of their conference home opener, en route to a 73-69 victory over Southeast Missouri Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

Both teams move to 6-12 overall on the year. MSU improved to 2-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while the SEMO Redhawks fell back to 1-4 on the league slate.