Junior Chad Posthumus and sophomore Angelo Warner scored in the final minute on Saturday night at Johnson Arena to help the Morehead State men’s basketball team post a 65-63 victory over Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee Tech.
The Eagles improve to 13-14 overall, 7-6 in OVC action and 10-4 at home. The Golden Eagles slip to 9-16 on the campaign, 3-10 in league play and 3-12 on the road. MSU also improves to 76-62 in the all-time series with its 11th win over TTU in the past 12 games.
Posthumus scored on a tip-in to tie the game with 44 seconds to play. Senior Devon Atkinson then fed Warner in transition for a bucket with nine ticks left. TTU missed its final two field-goal tries, and MSU claimed its third weekend sweep in league action this year.
“Tennessee Tech gave us all we could handle tonight, but I’m proud of my team for finding a way to win,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “Our guys are starting to turn the corner when it comes to fighting and competing for 40 minutes, which is great to see.”
Posthumus paced Morehead State with 13 points and nine rebounds, while Warner chipped in with 12 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals. Senior Kahlil Owens added nine points, on 4-of-5 from the floor, and seven rebounds in just 15 minutes.
Morehead State forced 19 turnovers, while only committing 14. The Eagles also registered advantages of 15-7 in assists, 40-20 in paint points and 20-13 in bench scoring.
“We play an up-and-down style, which can lend itself to turnovers, so I was happy to see that number at just 14 tonight,” Woods said. “We are also doing a much better job of getting back on defense when we make a mistake with the ball. That’s important.”
Morehead State knocked down 46 percent (27-of-59) from the field, including 55 percent (23-of-42) inside the arc. Tennessee Tech was held to just 29 percent (5-of-17) before intermission, but rebounded to finish at 47 percent (17-of-36) for the evening.
“We were more patient on offense tonight, we did a better job of looking for our post players and we took better care of the basketball,” Woods said. “Those three areas are obviously lead to success and they will be important down the stretch this season.”
Senior Jud Dillard and junior Jeremiah Samarrippas tallied 14 points apiece for the Golden Eagles. Dillard also recorded a game-high 11 rebounds.
The tilt featured 10 ties and 10 lead changes in the second half. Neither team led by more than 10, and the spread stayed within five after the break.
Morehead State has now won 83 percent (60-12) of its home contests over the past five seasons, including 88 percent (37-5) in league action.
Morehead State’s will entertain West Division-leading Murray State in its home finale on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET. The Eagles will honor the senior class of Atkinson, Owens, Milton Chavis and Jason Holmes in a pre-game ceremony.
Chuck Mraz and Jason Blanton will have the call on OVCDIgitalNetwork.com and the Eagle Sports Radio Network. Live video, audio and stats will be available via MSUEagles.com. Twitter updates will also be available @MSUAthletics.
“Murray State is a very good basketball team and we will need to be ready,” Woods added. “We certainly hope to be playing in front of a big crowd. The contest is going to be a battle of wills and we need that homecourt advantage.”
Recap provided by Morehead State Athletics