Today was a day of “basketball as usual” for the OVC: an easy win over a non Division-I team, and a sizable loss against a major conference team.
So, let’s right to recaps.
Here’s tonight’s Final Word:
Morehead State 45, Maryland 67
At first glance, this looks more like a score from last year’s Morehead State squad. The Eagles shot just 32% from the field, 1-14 from deep, and never really challenged the Terrapins on the way to a 22-point loss. Morehead State even struggled to get to the free throw line, taking just 8 attempts.
Alex Len wasn’t as dominant as he was against Kentucky, finishing with 11 points and 7 rebounds in just 24 minutes of play, but he didn’t need to be. In fact, Nick Faust‘s 12 points was the game high, as only one Eagle finished in double digits.
Drew Kelly, who was integral in Morehead’s late-season success last season, played just 14 minutes in this one, netting just two points and two rebounds. While it’s still early, it appears that he’s not adjusting to Sean Woods new system all that well.
The Eagles did win the turnover battle, 20-18, in what would be described by most as a “sloppy” game.
Lyon College 61, Southeast Missouri 89
Only 28 points? That’s downright competitive. Despite the big win, only 9 players see minutes for the Redhawks, who shoot 50% from the floor in the easy win. Tyler Stone was dominant, putting up 25 points on 10-13 shooting. Both A.J. Jones and Nino Johnson finish with double-double’s as SEMO makes the most out of the opportunity to pad some stats.
The only thing remotely troubling was the three-point shooting: outside of Marland Smith, the Redhawks were just 1-9.
We’ll get a better look at the Redhawks Thursday when they face McNeese State.