In a way, it’s the end many expected; the same problems that nagged Morehead State throughout the season prove to be their final downfall.
Morehead State holds Illinois State to 38% shooting, but struggle with fouls and shooting themselves on their way to a 77-66 season-ending loss in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational. (CBI) Illinois State went on a 16-2 run midway through the first half, and were never really threatened the rest of the way.
“Give Illinois State credit,” Head Coach Sean Woods said. “They are a good basketball team and play even better at home. I’m proud of our players for everything they’ve accomplished this season. We squeezed as much juice out of the turnip as we could tonight.”
Illinois State shot 40 free-throws on a whistle-filled night. Morehead State, by comparsion, shot just 21.
Kareem Storey scored a game-high 19 points in the loss, all of which came in the second half. Junior Daishon Knight paced four ISU players in double figures with 18 points.
Morehead State registered a 40-37 rebounding advantage, including 15-12 on the offensive end. The Eagles, who begin the day sixth nationally in rebounding margin and tied for 27th in total boards, close out the campaign being outrebounded just twice in 34 contests.
“We don’t like to make excuses, but the fact of the matter is our bench got very thin towards the end of the season,” Woods said. “We only had 10 players available tonight due to the injuries we’ve had, and our role players were forced to step up and play major minutes.”
|MOREHEAD ST||ILLINOIS ST|
|Off. Reb %||37.50%||32.43%|