Sunday, March 20, 2011

Spiders Bite Morehead State in NCAA Tournament

Richmond 65
Morehead State 48

Final from Denver, Colorado

DENVER, Colo – It was a magical season for the Morehead State men’s basketball team, but unfortunately for the Eagles, they ran into one of their strongest opponents Saturday in the NCAA Third Round at the Pepsi Center.

Twelfth-seeded Richmond shot 47 percent, committed only six turnovers, and led wire-to-wire, defeating the 13th-seeded Eagles 65-48 to advance to the Sweet 16 in the Southwest Region. MSU finished its OVC championship season at 25-10, tying the school record for wins.

“First and foremost, a guy that means the world to me in Wayne Martin (former MSU coach), he had the school record for 25 wins. So for us to tie the school record of 25 wins is quite an honor and quite a privilege for me. When you look at our five years, we went from 12 wins to 15 to 20 to 24 and now to 25. So we've improved the program each and every season,” said coach Donnie Tyndall. “Attendance has grown dramatically every year. We have a true program now with some good players returning, although they didn't get to show it a lot this season because we played seven guys, most of those guys were upperclassmen.

MSU just could not reproduce its efficient performance from Thursday when it upset Louisville. MSU was held to 38 percent shooting (18-of-48) and was 2-of-14 from three point range. The Eagles did out-rebound the Spiders 34-32 with Kenneth Faried grabbing a team-high 13. He finished his career with 1,673 rebounds, just two shy of MSU career leader Steve Hamilton.

Faried also scored 11 points for his 86th career double-double. He’ll finish second, just one behind only Tim Duncan in doubles-doubles in NCAA Division I history. Faried’s first basket, a dunk, also signified his 2,000th career point as he finished his four-year MSU career with 2,009 points for third all-time.

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