MOREHEAD, Ky. – Sophomore guard Miguel Dicent scored a career-high 20 points, but it wasn’t enough as the Morehead State men’s basketball team fell to Green Bay, 78-72.
The loss marked the first of the season at Johnson Arena for the Eagles and their record is now 6-5. Green Bay improved their record to 7-5.
“You have to stay consistent night in and night out, and we didn’t do that tongiht. They took advantage of us not guarding and drove to the rim all night,” said head coach Sean Woods. “I like my team, there’s no doubt about it. This is the best team I’ve had top to bottom (at Morehead State), we just have to tweak some things.”
It was a back-and-forth game for most of the first half as the two teams went into the locker room knotted at 36-36.
Morehead State jumped on the Phoenix early in the second half and opened a 49-46 lead on a layup by junior guard Corban Collinswith 14:00 minutes remaining in the game.
But, Green Bay answered with a 7-0 run to regain the lead at 53-49 with 11:08 to go and they would lead the rest of the way. The Eagles trimmed the lead to as little as two, but they couldn’t get over the hump and Green Bay pulled away late.
Foul trouble played a pivotal role in the defeat as senior guardBrent Arrington and Dicent each picked up four fouls early in the second half. Senior forward Anthony Elechi and junior forwardDeJuan Marrero would join Arrington and Dicent with four fouls, as well.
With foul trouble an issue, the Eagles simply could not find any rhythm in the second stanza. They shot just 33 percent from the floor in the second half, while Green Bay shot 59 percent. The Phoenix also spent a lot of time in the second half at the free throw line, shooting 15-of-26 from the charity stripe. They shot 22-of-36 from the stripe for the game, while Morehead State shot just 13-of-20 from the line.
“We’ve been doing a good job of not fouling most of the season, but the last few games teams have been taking us one-on-one and spreading us out,” said Woods. “We do a good job with how we switch and stopping everyone’s offense, but we need to get better at guarding the ball in one-on-one situations.”
Dicent finished with 20 points on 8-of-12 shooting, and was 3-of-7 from three-point range. It marked the second straight game that he has set a career-high as he scored a then career-high 16 in the loss at Davidson.
Junior guard Corban Collins had 15 points, three rebounds, and three assists. Elechi had 14 points and seven rebounds.
In a quick turnaround, the Eagles face East Tennessee State on the road on Wednesday night. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. ET.