College Basketball – Malik Maitland scores 20 as men’s basketball rolls 106-41 in season opener

Morehead rolls in opener - Photo by MSU Athletics
Morehead rolls in opener – Photo by MSU Athletics

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State men’s basketball opened its season with a 106-41 win over Kentucky Christian at Johnson Arena.
“We came out and played professionally,” said head coach Sean Woods. “Our guys were very, very mature tonight.”

Sophomore guard Malik Maitland led all scorers with 20 points, shooting 7-for-9 from the field. The 5-foot-11 starting point guard connected on a staggering five of six attempts from three-point range.

“Malik is the straw that stirs the coffee,” Woods said. “We’re going to go as far as he takes us. The sky’s the limit for this kid.”

The Eagles exploded out of the gate with 21 unanswered points, before Kentucky Christian finally stopped the bleeding with a layup 5:16 into the first half. Morehead State led the Knights 53-16 at halftime.

The Morehead State bench outscored Kentucky Christian’s 71-8, thanks in part to 14 points from freshman Jordan Walker in his collegiate debut. Junior Soufiyane Diakite added 10 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Lamontray Harris posted nine points and 10 boards.

The Eagles will return to action on Sunday for the first of two matchups on the season with Lipscomb. Morehead State will tip off with the Bison at 4 p.m. ET. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on the OVC Digital Network.