Sunday, November 23, 2014

Morehead State Finishes Louisiana Trip with a Win and Two Losses

Morehead State defeated Presbyterian and lost to both American and Louisiana Tech during the Coaches vs. Cancer event in Ruston, Louisiana over the weekend.

Here are recaps from MSU:

Louisiana Tech 73 Morehead State 64

RUSTON, La. -- The Louisiana Tech men's basketball team limited Morehead State to 33 percent from the field on its way to a 73-64 victory on Friday evening at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game was part of a four-team Coaches vs. Cancer Classic round robin.

The Bulldogs, who play in Conference USA, improve to 2-1 overall and 1-0 at home. The Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 1-3 overall and 0-3 on the road. The win was Louisiana Tech's first over Morehead State in six all-time meetings.

"Life on the road has not been very good to us this season," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Our young men fought hard tonight, but we didn't make enough shots. You can't shoot the percentage we did and beat a quality opponent like Louisiana Tech on its home floor."

Morehead State connected on just 24-of-73 from the floor, including 10-of-38 (26 percent) in the first half. The Eagles knocked down only 6-of-20 (30 percent) from three-point range on the night.

Louisiana Tech, meanwhile, drilled 22-of-47 (47 percent), including 12-of-21 (57 percent) after intermission. The Bulldogs made 4-of-12 (33 percent) from long distance.

"We missed a ton of easy shots in the paint and around the rim, and Louisiana Tech made some difficult attempts against our defense," Woods said. "The name of the game is putting the ball in the hole, and Louisiana Tech did a much better job tonight. Give them credit."

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Morehead State 69 Presbyterian 49

RUSTON, La. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team used second-half runs of 8-0 and 11-0 to register a 69-49 non-conference win over Presbyterian on Saturday night at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game was part of a four-team Coaches vs. Cancer Classic round robin.

The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, improve to 2-3 overall and 1-0 on a neutral court. The Blue Hose, which competes in the Big South Conference, falls to 1-3 overall 0-2 on a neutral floor. It was the first-ever meeting between Morehead State and Presbyterian.

"Give credit to our young men for the way they played," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "It feels good to get back in the win column. We learned a lot in our losses to UNLV, Cincinnati and Louisiana Tech, but the hope is we can continue to play well and string together some victories."

Morehead State held a 29-25 halftime lead, but pushed the cushion to 37-25 with 16:55 remaining on its half-opening run. The Eagles opened up a 57-36 advantage with 7:26 to play on its second surge of the period. MSU's largest lead of 25 points came with 4:08 remaining in the contest.

Senior Angelo Warner and junior Brent Arrington led MSU with 18 points apiece. Warner drilled 7-of-9 from the field and 4-of-5 from three-point range. Arrington canned 6-of-8 overall and 4-of-4 from the free-throw line. Senior Karam Mashour rounded out the double-figure scorers with 10.

"Angelo and Brent are the guys who stir our coffee," Woods said. "They both played well tonight, but we've come to expect that. They are guys who give us consistent production on both ends of the floor. I think we have three of the OVC's best guards with those two and Kareem (Storey)."

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American 51 Morehead State 46

RUSTON, La. -- The American men's basketball team turned 22 turnovers into 24 points and scored a 51-46 non-conference victory over Morehead State on Sunday afternoon at the Thomas Assembly Center. The game was part of a four-team Coaches vs. Cancer Classic round robin.

American, which is the defending Patriot League Tournament champion, improves to 3-2 overall and 2-0 on a neutral floor. The Eagles, who compete in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 2-4 overall and 1-1 on a neutral court. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Morehead State gave the ball away 11 times in each half en route to its season-high total. American converted the miscues into 10 points before the break and 14 in the second half. MSU had committed just 56 turnovers through five games (11.2), compared to 75 last season (15.0).

"I'm really disappointed with the way we played today," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We didn't play with enough mental toughness and were way too careless with the ball. You can't have 22 turnovers and expect to win. Almost half of American's points came from our turnovers."

Morehead State made a season-high 46 percent (19-of-41) from the field, including 55 percent (11-of-20) in the first half, but had a season-low in attempts due to the turnovers. American converted on 42 percent (17-of-40) from the floor, but drilled just 36 percent (8-of-22) before intermission.

"I thought we played pretty well defensively," Woods said. "American runs a complex offense, and we handled it pretty well. If you take away American's 24 points off turnovers, they end up with 27 points for the game. We forced some turnovers, too, but didn't turn those into many points."

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