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Need To Know

Morehead State swept the season series, handing Tennessee State only their second loss at home on the season. Morehead State is locked as the 5th seed in next week’s OVC Tournament. Tennessee State is locked as the 4th seed. The teams will meet again in the quarterfinals if Morehead State gets past their first round opponent.


The Stats

FG (%)37-60 (61.7%)30-65 (46.2%)
3FG (%)15-25 (60.0%)10-23 (43.5%)
FT (%)12-12 (57.1%)30-38 (78.9%
REB (O/D)34 (14/20)31 (18/13)

Top Performers

Points: Kellen Thorton – 29
Rebounds: Chad Posthumus – 10
Assits: Devon Atkinson – 8

The Recap

Provided By Morehead State Athletics

The Morehead State men’s basketball team registered season highs for field-goal shooting and three-point accuracy in a thrilling 101-100 victory over Tennessee State on Thursday evening at the Gentry Center.

Morehead State connected on 62 percent (37-of-60) from the floor and 60 percent (15-of-25) from beyond the arc before a national-television audience on ESPNU.  The long balls also tied an Ohio Valley Conference season high.

The Eagles improve to 14-16 overall, 8-7 in OVC action and 4-11 on the road.  The Tigers fall to 16-13 overall, 10-5 in league play and 10-2 at home.  MSU also improves to 32-28 in the all-time series against TSU with a season sweep.

“I’m really proud of my guys tonight,” Head Coach Sean Woods said.  “We came into a hostile environment, against a very good OVC team, and escaped with a huge win.”

Sophomore Angelo Warner paced Morehead State with 23 points on 7-of-10 from the field, 5-of-6 from the three-point line and 4-of-7 from the charity stripe.

Warner now has two 20-point efforts this season, both against Tennessee State.  He tallied a career-best 24 against the Tigers on Jan. 26 at Johnson Arena.

Junior Milton Chavis (19), senior Devon Atkinson (16), junior Bakari Turner (10) and junior Bruce Reed (10) also reached double figures for the Eagles.

Junior Chad Posthumus led Morehead State with a game-high 10 rebounds, while Atkinson dished out team highs of eight assists and nabbed four steals in the win.

“Our young men continued to fight and scrap, which was great to see,” Woods said.  “Our guys really battled.  They pulled together and said we are not losing this one.”

Senior Kellen Thornton paced Tennessee State with a game-high 29 points on 10-of-17 overall, 4-of-6 from long distance and 5-of-9 from the foul line.

Senior Robert Covington added 23 points, eight rebounds and four steals for TSU.  Junior Patrick Miller and senior Jordan Cyphers also posted 15 points each.

Morehead State was credited with 20 assists and seven steals, while Tennessee State collected 14 helpers and the same number of thefts.

The Tigers stuck around with 79 percent (30-of-38) from the free-throw line and an 18-point edge at the charity stripe.  The Eagles were whistled for 29 fouls in the tilt.

“Give Tennessee State a lot of credit for the way they played,” Woods said.  “They made it very difficult on us at various points in the game, but we stuck to the script.”

The Eagles led from start to finish.  MSU pushed out to a big lead of 20 points with 7:24 remaining.

The tilt followed a double-overtime affair against Murray State and extra session vs. Oakland (Mich.).


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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11

2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall


Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19


UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24