I don’t know if this an actual rule, but it should be: if you turn the ball over 25 times, you lose. Despite holding the Raiders to just 16 total rebounds, Morehead State can’t overcome their worst turnover night since January of 2009 in a wire-to-wire 66-57 loss to Wright State. The Eagles did much of their self-inflicted damage in the first half, where they turned over the ball 15 times.
The Eagles defense wasn’t much better. Morehead State did force 20 Wright State turnovers, but allowed the Raiders to shoot 60% from the floor, led by a career high 29 points from Cole Darling on 10-13 shooting. As is becoming the trend, the Eagles were out shot at the free throw line, thanks to 25 fouls on the night, compared to just 14 for Wright State.
When Morehead State wasn’t coughing up the ball, the offense was mostly working, shooting 50% from the field with three players scoring in double figures.
“We need to continue to get better in all phases of the game,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “We’re not where we want to be, and everyone in our locker room knows it.”
Darling, in his first game back from an injury, entered the day averaging 7.3 points on 38 percent field-goal shooting in just three contests. It didn’t take long for Darling to warm up, shooting 8-9 in the first half.
An early 12-0 run put Morehead State in a 14-4 hole, from which they never recovered.
Junior Jarrett Stokes led Morehead State with 12 points, all in the first half. Senior Devon Atkinson added 11 points on 5-of-8 from the floor and distributed a club-high four assists, while sophomore Angelo Warner tossed in 11 on 4-of-4 at the foul line.
Atkinson and Bruce Reed each turned over the ball five times.
“We knew we could outrebound Wright State, but we didn’t finish possessions on the defensive end and you can’t turn the ball over 25 times on the road,” Woods said.
I would argue you can’t turn the ball over 25 times, ever.
“We had a few early-season wins and that may have led to a false sense of security for our guys,” Woods added. “The bottom line is we need to work harder and play better for us to be successful. We will worry about us before worrying about our next two opponents.”