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Morehead State's men's basketball's Johni Broome and Skyelar Potter have garnered official Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference honors, with Broome being named the league's Co-Player of the Year, and the Eagles being picked to finish second.

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The longest tenured assistant coach for Morehead State men's basketball has been elevated to Associate Head Coach. Jonathan Mattox, who began his Eagle coaching career as graduate manager before rising in the ranks, is the new Associate Head Coach with Preston Spradlin.

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After leading the Morehead State men's basketball program to national prominence in 2020-21 with an Ohio Valley Conference championship and NCAA Tournament appearance, the commitment to the future of the program has been solidified with a contract extension for head coach Preston Spradlin.

The extension will keep Spradlin as the Eagles' head coach through the 2024-25 season.

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Morehead State head coach Preston Spradlin prefers his team not be labeled as a potential Cinderella team in this year's NCAA Tournament. No, he prefers if a "slipper" fits that it be more of a work boot.

The Eagles' hard work has gotten them into their first NCAA Tournament since 2011, with the 14th-seeded Eagles facing third-seeded West Virginia in the Midwest Region Friday at 9:50 p.m. ET.

MSU and WVU will battle in Lucas Oil Stadium, the site of the Final Four. The game will take place on the south court.

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Awards keep coming in for the Morehead State men's basketball program. Today, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its all-district teams with freshman Johni Broome being named First-Team All-District 18, and Preston Spradlin earning the district's Coach of the Year.

District 18 includes the Ohio Valley Conference.

Broome, the OVC Freshman of the Year, helped lead the Eagles to their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2010-11 by ranking first among conference freshmen in points, rebounds and blocked shots.

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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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