Men's Basketball – Morehead Suffers 66-57 Defeat to Murray State

Photo by Larry Gooding
Photo by Larry Gooding

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Murray State men’s basketball team knocked down 58 percent from the field in the second half en route to 51 percent for the night and posted a 66-57 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State on Saturday evening at Johnson Arena.

The Racers connected on 46 percent (11-of-24) from the floor in the first half. Murray State then drilled 11-of-19 after intermission on its way to 22-of-43 for the contest. The Racers have now knocked down at least 50 percent from the field in eight straight games (all wins).

Murray State improves to 11-4 overall and 4-1 on the road with its ninth consecutive win. Morehead State slips to 5-11 overall and 2-4 at home with its seventh setback in the last eight contests. The West Division Racers also pick up their fifth straight win in the series.

“Murray State is a very good team, and you have to give them credit,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “We had our chances tonight, but made too many mistakes down the stretch. Our guards are the strength of this team, but we need those individuals to be more solid.”

Junior Jeffery Moss led Murray State with a game-high 23 points, while sophomore Cameron Payne and senior Jarvis Williams tallied 12 apiece. Williams also managed team highs of eight rebounds and three blocks, while Payne dished out a game-best seven assists.

Junior Brent Arrington paced Morehead State with 15 points, while seniors Angelo Warner and Karam Mashour added 11 each. Senior Billy Reader yanked down a game-high 10 rebounds, including seven offensive. No Eagle had more than three assists or two steals.

Murray State led for more than 38 minutes, but its largest lead was just 11 points with 7:12 remaining. Morehead State’s only advantage came in the first two minutes. The Eagles posted a 24-5 scoring advantage off the bench, but their starters came up with just 33 markers.

Morehead State cut the deficit to three with 4:52 to play, but Murray State closed out on a 13-7 run.

The Eagles registered a 37-30 rebounding advantage, including 18-8 on the offensive end. The home team made one more three (but needed 10 more attempts) and each squad was successful on 18 free-throw attempts (with Murray State shooting three more times).

The contest was the OVC opener for both teams.

Morehead State continues league action on Thursday at Southeast Missouri and Saturday at UT Martin. Both contests will be carried by the OVC Digital Network (video streaming) and Eagle Sports Network (radio). Check for more on the road trip.

“There are some things we need to tighten up, and we will continue to work on those areas,” Woods said. “Our team needs some confidence right now. It’s a long OVC season, and we need to get back on track this coming week at Southeast Missouri and UT Martin.”

Women's Basketball – MSU Jones Buries Trey to Help Women's Hoops Beat Murray St

MOREHEAD, Ky. – Senior guard Almesha Jones nailed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to propel the Morehead State women’s basketball team to a 64-63 victory over Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday at Johnson Arena.

Photo - Larry Gooding
Photo – Larry Gooding

Jones hit just the one trey all night, but it helped the Eagles improve to 5-9 overall and 1-0 in the OVC. Morehead State is now 8-2 in league openers in the last 10 seasons. The Racers fell to 5-9 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

Morehead State ended Murray State’s three-game winning streak in the series and upped its mark to 44-37 all-time against the Racers.

Murray State led 63-56 with 3:24 left in the contest but never scored again. Freshman forward Eriel McKee hit a three-pointer with 1:59 left, sophomore forward Shay Steele converted a layup at the 1:13 mark, and Jones took a pass from senior guard Maiki Viela for the game-winning shot.

Steele finished with a game-best 20 points, while McKee and Viela registered 12 each. Jones had nine points and a game-high eight assists in 40 minutes. Steele tied McKee for team-high rebounding honors with eight.

Murray State was led by freshman Ke’Shunan James with 13 points. Bianca Babic nailed four triples for 12 points, and Keonia Kirby grabbed a game-best 11 rebounds. The Racers out-rebounded the Eagles 48-36.

The hosts trailed 17-14 with 9:11 left in the first half but used a 10-2 run to re-gain the advantage. The Eagles led 25-24 at the break.

Steele scored nine points in the first seven minutes of the final half as Morehead State built its largest lead of the half, 41-36. Murray State outscored the host squad 21-10 over the next seven minutes though to build a 57-51 cushion.

Morehead State shot 44 percent (28-of-63) on the night and held Murray State to 35 percent (23-of-66). The Racers were 7-of-27 from three-point range.

Purdue's Defense Shuts Down Michigan in 64-51 Victory


Purdue battles Michigan - Photo by John Underwood
Purdue battles Michigan – Photo by John Underwood

• Purdue is 2-0 in Big Ten play for the first time since the 2011-12 season and for the fourth time under Matt Painter.
• Purdue snapped a four-game losing streak to Michigan with the win.
• The 51 points allowed by Purdue were the fewest allowed in the series since Feb. 13, 2002, a 79-43 Purdue victory. It was the second-fewest points allowed to the Wolverines since the 1947-48 season.
• The 18.2 second-half field-goal percentage by Michigan was the sixth-lowest by an opponent in a half in school history.
• Purdue’s +22 (44-22) rebound margin was the largest rebound margin against Michigan since Jan. 30, 1960 (+26). The Boilermakers outrebounded Michigan, 26-7, in the second half. Michigan had zero offensive rebounds in the second half.
• Michigan scored just six points in the paint, the fewest allowed in the Matt Painter era.
• The 51 points allowed to Michigan were the fewest against a Big Ten foe since holding Northwestern to 43 points on Feb. 24, 2013, a span of 27 conference games.
• Purdue won back-to-back games when trailing at halftime for the first time since Dec. 29, 2012 to Jan. 2, 2013, against William & Mary and Illinois.
• Purdue won back-to-back games when trailing by 10 or more points for the first time since Feb. 10-14, 1998, against Indiana and Illinois.
• Purdue is now 9-0 this year when attempting more free throws than its opponent.
• A.J. Hammons recorded his 11th career double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds. Since the start of Big Ten play last year, Hammons has seven double-doubles in 20 games. Ten of his 11 career double-doubles have come against Big Ten opposition.
• Vince Edwards recorded his first double-figure scoring game since Dec. 2, 2014, against North Carolina State, with 16 points. The Boilermakers are now 5-0 when he scores in double figures.
• Jon Octeus tied a season high with 13 points and has scored in double-figures in four straight games, going 14-of-23 (.609) from the field in that span. He added eight rebounds, two assists and two steals.
• Rapheal Davis had seven points, six rebounds and a career-high six assists. He also hounded Caris LeVert into just 2-of-8 shooting, holding him nine points below his scoring average.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Vince Edwards scored 16 points, A.J. Hammons had 15 points and 12 rebounds and Purdue used a stifling defense in the second half Saturday to rally past Michigan 64-51.

The Boilermakers (10-5, 2-0 Big Ten) have won two straight since snapping a three-game losing streak. They also ended a four-game skid against the defending Big Ten champions by completely shutting down Michigan’s shooters.

At one point, the Wolverines (8-6, 1-1) missed 13 consecutive shots during a span of 12:47. The Wolverines finished 4 of 22 from the field in the second half.

Spike Albrecht was the only Wolverine to reach double figures with 17. Michigan’s top scorer, Caris LeVert, had six.

Michigan finished the first half with a 3-point flurry and a 33-25 lead.

But after Zak Irvin’s jumper with 19:11 left gave Michigan a 35-27 cushion, the Boilermakers seized control with an 18-4 spurt before Michigan made another basket.

For the Boilermakers, it was a complete turnaround from what’s been happening recently.

The previous four opponents were averaging 83.0 points and shooting 52.0 percent from the field. So when the Wolverines made 6 of 11 3-pointers in the first half, it looked like it would be more of the same.

Instead, Purdue adjusted by harassing Michigan’s perimeter shooters and putting more pressure on the ball in the second half. It worked.

Hammons’ 17-footer put Purdue in front 38-36 with 14:33 to go.

Derrick Walton Jr. answered with three free throws to give Michigan a brief 39-38 lead.

Edwards answered with the go-ahead layup and Hammons followed that with a three-point play.

After LeVert ended Michigan’s drought with 6:36 to go, Purdue pulled away with an 11-0 run. LeVert entered averaging 15.2 points but was 2 of 8 from the floor.

The Wolverines weren’t just beaten in the second half Saturday – they were dominated. Michigan was outscored 39-18, outrebounded 26-7 and managed only two baskets in the first 18 minutes. It wasn’t the Wolverines’ lowest-scoring game, but it may go down as their worst overall half this season.

Suddenly, the Boilermakers look like the comeback kids. They’ve rallied twice this week from halftime deficits to start 2-0 in conference play for the first time since 2011-12.

Purdue Visits No. 4 Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Men's Basketball – Ohio State 77 Illinois 61






No. 20 Ohio State 77 (12-3, 1-1), Illinois 61 (10-5, 0-2)

January 3, 2014

Value City Arena – Columbus, Ohio

Attendance: 16,028


 Illinois leads the overall series with the Buckeyes 101-69 with Ohio State leading 44-40 in Columbus.

 Ohio State has won 10 of the last 12 games vs. Illinois and the last six in Columbus.

 As a ranked team, Ohio State is 26-11 vs. the Illini and has won 16 of the last 18 meetings when ranked.

 Trailing 44-41 at 16:34 of the second half, Ohio State seized control of the game with a 21-2 run over 6:33 of play. Ilinois

was held without a field goal during the run.


 Three players scored in double figures for the Buckeyes: D’Angelo Russell (22), Marc Loving (13) and Sam Thompson (13).

 The Buckeyes earned their first win of the season when trailing at the half (0-3).

 Ohio State outscored Illinois in the paint 34-14.

 Ohio State is 12-1 at home this season.

 Ohio State shot 60 percent for the game (27-45). The last time Ohio State 60 percent in a Big Ten game: March 9, 2012

against Purdue in an 88-71 win in the Big Ten tournament.

 Ohio State has shot better than 60 percent in six games this season and better than 50 percent in 10 games. The team is

undefeated when shooting better than 50 percent for the game.

 Since the 2009-10 season, Ohio State holds a 100-9 (.917) record at home, the most home wins in the country.

 Russell and Scott combined for nine assists vs. the Illini. The duo averages 12.8 helpers per game this season.

Ohio State 77, Illinois 61 - final box


 Matta is 287-86 during his career at Ohio State and 389-117 overall as a head coach.

 Matta is 147-63 vs. Big Ten opponents at Ohio State.

 Matta is 13-5 vs. former assistant coaches, 4-1 against Iliinois coach John Groce.

 Matta teams are 15-5 vs. Illinois and 9-1 in games against the Illini played at Value City Arena.

 With Matta at the helm, the Buckeyes are 12-2 when ranked among the AP Top 25 vs. the Illini.

 Matta is 161-4 in Columbus vs. unranked opponents and Ohio State is 57-3 in Columbus vs. unranked Big Ten opponents.


 Russell tallied 22 points against Illinois. He has scored in double figures in 13-consecutive games this season.

 Russell totaled four assists and leads the Top 25 true freshman nationally with 77 assists this season.

 For the season, Russell is recording a PAR (points+assists+rebounds/game) of 27.2.


 With five helpers vs. Iowa, Scott ranks fifth in Ohio State history with 432 assists. He needs 44 to pass Curtis Wilson (475)

for No. 4.

 Scott recorded three steals vs. Iowa. He remains fourth on Ohio State’s all-time steals list with 189 behind David Lighty with

191 thefts. Scott needs 11 more assists this season to become the third Buckeye all-time to reach 200 steals in a career.

 Scott scored nine points, passing 600 for his career (603).


 Scored 13 points. He has scored in double figures in 12 games this season.

 Tied a career high with eight rebounds.


 Scored 13 points. He has scored in double figures in 10 games this season.

UK Hoops Plays Host to Ole Miss in SEC Home Opener

Cats looking for 11th straight win at home.

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Just a day removed from winning their conference lid lifter at Alabama on Friday, the 11th-ranked Kentucky women’s basketball team returns action to face Ole Miss in its Southeastern Conference home opener Sunday, Jan. 4 at 2 p.m. ET in Memorial Coliseum. The game will be televised live on the SEC Network with Cara Capuano and former Auburn head coach Nell Fortner calling the action.The game also can be heard live on the UK Radio Network with Neil Price. Sophomore Linnae Harper (Chicago) will be signing autographs after the game.

BBM 2014 (16)Single-game reserved tickets are available at a cost of $9 for all ages. General admission tickets for adults are $8 while single-game general admission tickets for seniors and children (ages 6-18, 65 and over) are only $5.

Children ages five and under are admitted free in the general admission seating area and UK students, faculty and staff are admitted free with valid identification.

Fans interested in UK Hoops tickets can visit the Joe Craft Center ticket office, go to, or call the UK ticket office at 1-800-928-CATS. Tickets are also available at or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

UK (12-2, 1-0) opened the 36th season of SEC play with a hard-fought come-from-behind victory over Alabama. Trailing by 10 (42-32) with 16:54 to go in the game, the Wildcats clamped down defensively and outscored the Tide 36-14 to take a 56-54 lead with 9:00 to play. With the help of seven straight points from junior point guard Janee Thompson (Chicago), UK used an 18-0 spurt and led by as many as 19 points in the final four minutes. The 78-66 win marked UK’s fourth straight win in an SEC opener and third straight win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Four players scored in double figures with freshman forward/center Alexis Jennings (Madison, Ala.) leading the way for the second straight game as she poured in 21 points, including 14 in the first half. After scoring a career-high 27 points vs. Tennessee State last Sunday, Jennings becomes the first UK freshman to post back-to-back 20-point games since A’dia Mathies in 2010. Following Jennings in the scoring column was sophomore Makayla Epps (Lebanon, Ky.) with 14 points and Jennifer O’Neill (Bronx, N.Y.) with 12. Thompson also scored 12 points, while dishing out a career-high 10 assists. She is the first player to chart a points/assists double-double since Carly Ormerod had 13 points and 11 assists vs. Ball State on March 19, 2007.

The Wildcats are still without senior leader Bria Goss (Indianapolis) who will miss at least two more weeks with a broken left thumb. Goss, who played in 117 straight games before missing the last three, is one of the team’s best defenders and she averages 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Overall, Kentucky has benefited from a balanced scoring attack this season as seven players are averaging 7.4 points per game or better. O’Neill leads the way with 14.9 ppg (fifth in the SEC). Epps and fellow sophomore Linnae Harper (Chicago) follow with 13.4 and 10.4 ppg, respectively, while Thompson adds 10.1 ppg. Senior Azia Bishop (Toledo, Ohio) and Jennings follow with 7.9 ppg each.

Bishop is the team’s leader on the boards with 6.5 but Harper, at just 5-foot-10, follows close behind with 6.4 rpg. Bishop has also swatted a team-high 25 blocks and currently ranks tied for second in the SEC in blocks per game (1.8).

Ole Miss is 11-3 overall, 1-0 in SEC play after defeating Arkansas on Friday night, 71-57.

Senior forward Tia Faleru leads Ole Miss with 16.0 points (second in the SEC) and 10.6rebounds per game (leads the SEC). Faleru is the lone player in double figures but Erika Sisk nears the double-figure mark with 9.7 ppg. Danielle McCray and Toree Thompson follow with 7.1 and 6.8 ppg, respectively. The rest of the scoresheet is balanced with 11 players averaging at least 3.9 ppg.

The Rebels, coached by former UK assistant coach Matt Insell, are looking for their first win over a ranked opponent since the 2010-11 season. They rank sixth nationally in steals with 13.4 steals per game, which also leads the SEC and are 18th nationally in offensive rebounds per game (17.6) and 12th in turnover margin (+7.1).

Sunday will mark the 36th meeting between the teams. The Wildcats have won the last five meetings against Ole Miss but trail 20-15 in the all-time series. The series is tied at eight games apiece in Lexington. Head coach Matthew Mitchell is 6-1 all-time vs. Ole Miss.

The Cats own a 392-144 (73.1) mark in Memorial Coliseum, including a 102-16 (86.4) record under Mitchell. UK is 7-0 at home this season, 6-0 in Memorial and have won 10 consecutive games at home, dating back to last season. The 10-game winning streak currently ties for the ninth longest in program history.

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Women's Basketball – Ohio State vs. #25 Northwestern

Setting the Scene

• Ohio State eyes a second-straight victory over a ranked opponent on Sunday when it hosts No. 25 Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 4.

• Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. from the Value City Arena.

• The Buckeyes (9-5, 1-1 B1G) opened 2015 with an 85-68 victory over No. 16 Rutgers for their first B1G victory of the season.

• Northwestern (12-1, 2-0 B1G) has won its first two conference games and is off to one if its best starts in school history.

• The game is televised on the Big Ten Network. Lisa Byington and Katie Smith will have the call.

• The game can also be heard on ESPN 1460 AM in the Columbus area and on


Last Time Out

• Ohio State could have started 2015 any better as it rolled past No. 16 Rutgers 85-68 Thursday afternoon at Value City Arena.

• The Buckeyes used two big runs, one in each half, to take control of the game. The defense sprung both runs as Ohio State forced 21 Rutgers turnovers and held the Scarlet Knights to just 35.4 percent from the floor. That was Rutgers’ second-lowest shooting percentage of the season.

• Freshman sensation Kelsey Mitchell was special again on Thursday, coming up with big plays when the Buckeyes needed it most. She finished with game-highs of 33 points and six assists. This was her third 30-point game of the year. Mitchell was also 11-of-11 from the free throw line.

• Junior Ameryst Alston continued her steady play, scoring 21 points and grabbing a team-high nine rebounds. Alston has now scored 20 or more points in five-straight games.

• Freshman Asia Doss and redshirt-sophomore Lisa Blair were the other two Buckeyes in double-figures as each notched 10 points. Doss made a season-high two three-pointers while Blair pulled-down seven rebounds and blocked five shots.

• Betnijah Laney led Rutgers with a double-double of 23 points and 12 rebounds. Tyler Scaife added 17 points.

• After missing their first nine field goal attempts, the Buckeyes went on a 21-4 run to grab an early first half lead.

• Rutgers then knifed the 13-point halftime deficit down to nine points before a 13-0 Buckeye run, keyed by eight points from Mitchell, put the game away.


A Quick Look At Northwestern

• Northwestern has gotten off to a tremendous start to the season at 12-1 overall and 2-0 in the B1G.

• The Wildcats won their first 10 games before dropping its only game of the year at Arizona State on Dec. 21.

• That was the first 10-game win-streak for Northwestern since the 1989-90 season.

• NU opened B1G play with a 61-57 upset of No. 22/20 Michigan State and then won at home over Wisconsin 68-46 last Thursday.

• Nia Coffey leads four Wildcats in double-figures at 16.3 points per game. She also leads the team in rebounding at nearly eight per game and has blocked 24 shots.

• Maggie Lyon is the team’s sharp shooter, making a team-high 33 three-pointers and averaging 12.6 points per contest.

• Head coach Joe McKeown is in his seventh season at the helm of the Wildcat program. He has guided the Wildcats to three WNIT appearances in the last six seasons. This is his 29th season overall and he has amassed over 600 career victories.

Series History vs. Northwestern

The Buckeyes and Wildcats are meeting for the 59th time with Ohio State holding a 41-17 edge in the series.

• The Bucks have dominated the series as of late, winning 23 of the last 25 meetings dating back to 2000.

• The only two NW victories during that stretch came in 2011 when the Wildcats swept the season series.

• Ohio State is 20-6 all-time in games played in Columbus.

• The Buckeyes won both games last season, including an 86-77 victory in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.


McGuff vs. Northwestern

• Head coach Kevin McGuff is 2-0 all-time against Northwestern, winning both games last season.

• The Buckeyes won at home over the Wildcats in the regular season and then topped NW in the opening round of the Big Ten Tournament.


Facing A Ranked Team

• Under head coach Kevin McGuff, the Buckeyes are 5-13 when facing a ranked opponent.

• The team was 3-11 in McGuff’s first season in 2013-14.

• One of the best wins of the 2013-14 season came over No. 11 Penn State in the quarterfinals of the Big Ten Tournament. The Buckeyes scored a tournament-record 99 points in the victory.

• Ohio State is 2-2 this season with resounding wins over No. 18 West Virginia (96-54) and No. 16 Rutgers (85-68).

Men's Hockey: Ohio State Downs Mercyhurst, 6-3, as Johnson Nets Hat Trick

Matt Johnson - Ohio State - Photo by OSU
Matt Johnson – Ohio State – Photo by OSU

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Led by a hat trick from senior Matt Johnson, the Ohio State men’s hockey team skated to a 6-3 win over Mercyhurst Friday in Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pa. Johnson’s linemates, senior Chad Niddery and freshman Christian Lampasso, each had two assists in the win, while freshman Matthew Weis and sophomore Nick Schilkey each had a goal and an assist in the victory. Ohio State, which led 3-0 after the first period and 4-2 after the second, was returning from its winter break, playing its first game since Dec. 5.


The Buckeyes (6-9-1, 1-2-0-0 B1G) and Lakers (8-6-2, 6-3-2 Atlantic Hockey) will close the two-game nonconference series at 2:35 p.m. Saturday on the second day of the Snowtown Throwdown. The series is the Buckeyes’ final nonconference matchup before ending the regular season with 17 consecutive Big Ten games.


Johnson, who was recently named an alternate captain for the second half of the season and is on a four-game point streak (five goals, one assist), had the Buckeyes’ second hat trick this season and first since Anthony Greco in the season opener vs. Providence Oct. 10. It was Johnson’s first career three-point game and first multiple point game this season. He now has a career-high seven goals to tie Greco for the team lead. Lampasso had the first multiple point game of his collegiate career and extended his point streak to three (four assists). Niddery is tied for second on the team with seven assists, behind Weis’ team-best eight. Schilkey is second on the team with 11 points, with four goals and seven assists, followed by Weis with 10.


Ohio State led 3-0 after the first period and outshot the Lakers, 14-6, in the opening 20 minutes. Senior leading scorer Tanner Fritz opened the scoring at 6:55 with his sixth goal and 12th point of the year, assisted by sophomore Drew Brevig, a defenseman playing his first game at forward, and sophomore defenseman Josh Healey. At 13:34 Johnson extended the lead to 2-0, set up by Lampasso and Niddery, and at 17:28 Schilkey scored off a pass from Weis.


Johnson netted his second goal of the game at 2:47 of the second, extending the lead to 4-0, with the assists again from Lampasso and Niddery. The Lakers drew within two (4-2) with two goals in 57 seconds, as Kyle Dutra tallied at 11:34 and Daniel Bahntge scored at 12:31. Ohio State again had the lead in shots, putting 15 on net, with the Lakers getting seven through.


At 7:32 of the third Weis converted on the power play, scoring off assists from sophomore David Gust and Schlikey, for a 5-2 Buckeye lead. Mercyhust tallied at 13:50 to draw within two, but Johnson completed his hat trick at 16:36, with senior defenseman Justin DaSilva on the assist, for the final goal of the game. Shots were 14-5 in favor of Ohio State in the period.


The Buckeyes outshot the Lakers, 43-18, marking a season high in shots for Ohio State and a Buckeye opponent season low for shots on goal. Buckeye sophomore goalie Matt Tomkins picked up the win, making 15 saves in 59:45. Jimmy Sarjeant had 37 saves in all 60 minutes for Mercyhurst. Ohio State’s six goals were a season high, passing the five scored against Providence Oct. 10 and Notre Dame Nov. 29.


Ohio State was 1-for-5 on the power play in the game and stopped the Lakers on their two chances. The Buckeyes have a power play goal in four of the last five games and have allowed a power play goal just once in the last five outings.

Food Stamp Dance, This is why we pay Taxes

Jackson, KY woman dancing on a car celebrating foodstamps
Jackson, KY woman dancing on a car celebrating foodstamps

In Eastern Kentucky, there aren’t a lot of jobs for young people and the Welfare cycle is a way of life. Every now and then, you see something that just makes you shake your head and say, “This is why I pay taxes?” Recently, a young lady Mitchelena Phoebe Nicole Fugate did a video about her Food stamp dance at the Dollar Store in Jackson KY. The video was posted on Facebook in Heather N Campbell Videos. The post was made public and shared with Midwest News & Sports. Please share this with all your friends who work and help fund people like this with your tax money.

Below is the video in question. What do you think about it?

Morehead Opens OVC Play Against Favorite Murray State

MOREHEAD, Ky. — The Morehead State men’s basketball team opens Ohio Valley Conference play on Saturday when it squares off with league favorite Murray State. Tip-off is set for approximately 7:30 p.m. ET. The contest will follow the Eagles and Racers in women’s basketball at 5:15 p.m.

Morehead State Eagles
Morehead State Eagles

Saturday is the conference opener for both teams. The East Division Eagles, who snapped a six-game skid with a 95-60 win on Monday at Central Arkansas, are 5-10 overall and 2-3 at home. The West Division Racers, who have won eight straight affairs, are 10-4 overall and 3-1 on the road.

Murray State has won its last four men’s basketball contests against Morehead State and owns a 106-47 advantage in the all-time series. The Eagles’ last win over the Racers — a 75-65 decision — came at Johnson Arena on Dec. 4, 2010. The Racers won, 69-58, last year in Murray.

Saturday’s promotion is “Hoop and Holler for a Dollar” as upper-level chairback and bleacher seats are only $1 each. Adult tickets normally begin at just $8, while tickets for children 12-and-under start at $3. Parking is only $5 per vehicle. Click here to purchase tickets on-line.

Ways to follow the game:


The game will be webcast live and free of charge on The video production, which is coordinated by Eagle Vision, will include multiple cameras, replays, graphics and audio. The contest will also be broadcast on the Eagle Sports Network, with Chuck Mraz calling the play-by-play and Jason Blanton serving as the analyst. The radio network includes WIVY-96.3 FM in Morehead, WCBJ-103.7 FM in Campton, WLGC-1520 AM in Ashland/Greenup, (computers), (mobile devices) and the Eagle Empire App.

Ten notes heading into the contest:

Morehead State ended non-conference play with a 95-60 win over Central Arkansas on Monday at the Farris Center. The 35-point victory was MSU’s largest against a Division I opponent since a 120-83 drilling of South Dakota at Johnson Arena on Dec. 19, 2013.

Morehead State snapped a six-game skid with its 95-60 victory at Central Arkansas on Monday. The Eagles had not previously dropped six in a row since the beginning of the 2008-09 campaign. MSU has not lost seven straight since Jan. 18-Feb. 13, 2007.

Morehead State traveled 12,355 miles (9,835 via plane and 2,520 via bus) and played in eight states during the non-conference portion of its 2014-15 schedule. Eight of MSU’s first 15 contests were on the road, while two others were on a neutral floor.

Murray State was picked first in the Ohio Valley Conference’s official preseason poll. The West Division Racers, won 10 of 14 non-conference tilts, own four victories over Missouri Valley Conference opponents and two over Conference USA foes this season.

Morehead State has led the Ohio Valley Conference in rebounding margin six straight seasons (2008-14), paced the league in rebounds five of the last six years and had the conference’s top individual four of the past six seasons. MSU is currently second in the OVC in both rebounding margin (+4.3) and boards per game (36.3).

Through 15 games, Morehead State’s opponents are averaging just 65.7 points on 43.3 percent from the field. At this point last campaign, MSU’s foes were averaging 73.3 points on 45.2 percent from the floor. The Eagles also have 13 more blocked shots.

Through 15 contests, Morehead State is averaging just 69.0 points on 42.7 percent from the floor. At this point last year, MSU was averaging 79.8 points on 44.7 percent from the field. The Eagles had 83 more free throws and 145 more FT attempts last season.

Senior Angelo Warner, the only fourth-year player at Morehead State, has recorded 1,319 points (11.8 pg) and 3,086 minutes (27.6 pg) in 112 collegiate games. The guard has reached 10 points 70 times and 20 points on 15 occasions. He needs just 12 more points to move into 17th in school history.

Senior Kareem Storey is tied for third in the Ohio Valley Conference with 5.0 assists per game and ranks fourth with 1.8 assists-per-turnover. The guard has reached the five-assist plateau in 21 of 44 games at Morehead State. He is averaging 6.9 points this season on 86 percent (25-of-29) from the foul line.

Marquel Willis is averaging 6.5 points on 42 percent (25-of-60) from the field and 81 percent (33-of-41) from the free-throw stripe. His scoring average is the best by a Morehead State true freshman since NBA star Kenneth Faried finished with 10.5 per outing in 2007-08.

#11 UK Hoops defeats Alabama 78-66

UK Hoops 2014-15 Postgame Notes
No. 11/11 Kentucky 78, Alabama 66

Foster Auditorium – Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Jan. 2, 2015

BBM 2014 (14)Team Records and Series Notes

  • Kentucky improves to 12-2, 1-0 SEC, while Alabama falls to 11-5, 0-1 SEC.
    • This was the conference opener for both teams.
  • Kentucky moves to 723-488 (62.2) all-time in 41 seasons of varsity women’s basketball and 189-158 (54.5) in the month of January.
  • Matthew Mitchell is in his eighth season as the head coach of the Wildcats. He already ranks first on UK’s all-time wins list with 182 and his winning percentage is .740 percent.
    • Mitchell is now 72-37 in SEC play, 31-24 on the road.
  • Kentucky has won its last four SEC openers, and is 17-16 all-time in conference openers.
  • This was the 42nd meeting between the programs since UK became a varsity sport in 1974-75.
    • UK leads the series 25-17 and the series is now even at 10-10 in Tuscaloosa.
    • Kentucky has won three straight in Foster Auditorium.
  • Today’s attendance was 2,654.
  • Next up: UK will play Ole Miss in its SEC home opener on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be live on the SEC Network with Cara Capuano and Nell Fortner.

First Half Notes

  • UK started with the lineup of Janee Thompson, Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, Linnae Harper, Makayla Epps and Azia Bishop.
    • UK is now 2-0 with this lineup and has started the last two games with this starting five.
  • Freshman Alexis Jennings led UK with 14 points and two rebounds.
    • Marks the second straight game she has scored double figures in the first half.
    • Also had an assist and a steal, going 6-of-9 from the floor and 2-of-4 from the free throw line.
  • Kentucky forced Alabama into 13 turnovers, scoring 13 points off those turnovers.
  • Alabama outrebounded Kentucky 31-13, scoring 14 second-chance points to UK’s four.
  • UK is now 5-2 when trailing at the half.

Second Half Notes

  • UK began the second half with Jen O’Neill replacing Kyvin Goodin-Rogers from its starting five.
  • Trailing by 10 points, Janee Thompson scored seven straight points to pull UK within three.
  • Led by two 3-pointers from Kyvin Goodin-Rogers, UK then used an 18-0 run to give UK a 72-55 lead with4:43 to play.
  • After getting outrebounded 31-13 (-18) in the first half, Kentucky outrebounded the Crimson Tide 20-19 in the second half.
  • UK went 18-of-37, shooting 48.6 from the floor in the second half.
  • The Wildcats held Alabama to just 8-of-21 (31.8) from the floor.
  • Kentucky outscored the Crimson Tide 50-30 in the second half.

Team/Game Notes

  • Today marks the fifth time this season UK has had to overcome at least a nine-point deficit to win.
    • Marks the third time this season UK has trailed by double digits in the second half and come back to win. UK also defeated nationally-ranked Baylor and Louisville after trailing by double-digits in the second half.
  • UK shot 30-of-66 (45.5) in the game, including 6-14 (42.9) from the 3-point line.
    • The six 3s are the most since the Cats had eight at Central Michigan (11/22/14).
  • Kentucky forced 27 turnovers and has now forced 20 or more in 13 of 14 games this season, including seven straight.
    • UK scored 39 points off of turnovers, to Alabama’s 13 points.
    • UK is now 8-1 this season when forcing double-digit turnovers.
  • The Wildcats outscored Alabama 34-15 in bench points.
  • UK improves to 318-21 since 1974 when scoring 80 or more points, 6-0 this season.
  • The Cats are now 72-3 under Mitchell when scoring 80 points or more.
  • Kentucky has scored 80+ in the last two games.
  • Every UK player that played in the game scored at least one point.

Individual Notes

  • Junior point guard Janee Thompson charted her first career double-double (points/assists) with 12 points and a career-high 10 assists in the game.
    • Marked UK’s first points/assists double-double since Carly Ormerod vs. Ball State on March 19, 2007.
    • Marked the most assists in a single game since Omerod’s 11 vs. Ball State.
    • Marked her seventh double-figure scoring game of the season.
    • All of 12 points came in the second half.
  • Freshman forward/center Alexis Jennings came off the bench for 21 points and 5 rebounds.
    • Now has back-to-back 20-point games after scoring 27 vs. Tennessee State.
    • Second time UK has had back-to-back 20-point performers this season (Makayla Epps, vs. Oklahoma and South Florida).
    • Has scored in double figures five times this season, including four straight.
    • Kentucky was +13 when she was on the floor.
  • Sophomore guard Makayla Epps had 14 points and seven rebounds in the game in her second start of the season.
    • Marked her 11th double-figure scoring game this season, including second straight.
    • Had three assists to go along with a career-high tying three steals.
  • Senior guard Jen O’Neill scored 12 points off the bench.
    • Marked her team-high 57th career scoring game, including 11th this season.
    • Is now just one point shy of tying Jocelyn Mills (1,170, 1990-93) on UK’s all-time scoring list with 1,169 points.

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