Thursday, December 18, 2014

Morehead State Suffers Fifth Straight Loss on the Road at Green Bay

Green Bay 66
Morehead State 50

Final from Green Bay, Wisconsin

Game recap by MSU:

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Green Bay men's basketball team raced out to 12-0 advantage over the first six minutes and held Morehead State to 33 percent from the field en route to a 66-50 non-conference win on Wednesday evening at the Resch Center.

The Phoenix, which competes in the Horizon League, improves to 8-2 overall and 4-0 at home with its seventh victory in eight contests. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-9 overall and 1-6 on the road with their fifth consecutive defeat.

Green Bay, which won its 2014 regular-season league championship, entered the day seventh in the NCAA's official RPI. It was the first-ever meeting between the two programs.

Morehead State missed its first 10 field-goal attempts and didn't score until the 13:34 mark of the opening half. The Eagles were limited to 27 percent from the floor before intermission. MSU hit 8-of-30 before the break and 9-of-21 in the second period.

"We had another pretty solid effort on the defensive end, but we must find a way to become more efficient on the offensive end," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Our offensive execution was lacking again tonight, and that needs to get better in a hurry."

MSU was whistled for 28 fouls, while UWGB committed just 16 infractions. The Phoenix was +14 on free-throw attempts and +8 on makes from the charity stripe.

"Our first five or six shots from the field were bunnies," Woods said. "We fell behind by 12 right away because we missed lay-ups, tip-ins and easy jumpers. We battled down the stretch, but you can't fall behind like that against a quality opponent on the road."

Senior Keifer Sykes paced Green Bay with a game-best 17 points on 8-of-8 from the free-throw line, while junior Carrington Love added 12. Junior Jordan Fouse pulled down a game-high nine rebounds for UWGB, while Love distributed a team-best four assists.

Junior Brent Arrington led Morehead State with 13 points on 6-of-6 from foul line, while senior Kareem Storey added nine points. Junior Marcus Fuggins registered a team-high seven rebounds for the Eagles, while Storey was credited with a club-best four helpers.

Green Bay tallied advantages of 38-20 in the paint and 20-7 off turnovers. The Phoenix led from start to finish with its biggest cushion of 19 points coming at the 5:59 mark.

"I'm disappointed from a mental perspective and hustle standpoint," Woods said. "I'm not one to make excuses, but our team appeared to hit a wall for the first time this season. We've had a very difficult schedule so far, but we need to push through that."

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Anonymous said...

MSU has really been disappointing this year. Yes, they've played a tough non-con road schedule, but the only game they've shown any real potential was the Marshall game, which they won in Huntington.
The game last night at UW-GB was embarrassing. 12-21 from the line, 16 turnovers,our leading scorer gets 2 points, and our 6'10" center only plays 11 minutes and gets 4 rebounds.
Collins seems interested in only his own stats instead of the team. We've been much worse since he entered starting lineup.
We can't play defense without committing fouls, and our offense consists of run&gun, beat the other team down the floor floor for layups. That works against less-athletic teams, but when we play good teams and are forced into half-court game, we act like we have no idea what we're doing, and I'm including our coaching staff in this complaint. In short, we are under-achieving at a level I didn't think possible. This was supposed to be our good year.
Maybe things will turn around when we begin OVC play, but I'm not optimistic.
Good luck Eagles. I have a feeling we're going to need it.

Anonymous said...

Update: Northern Kentucky beat Morehead State tonight (Friday,December 19) 83-60. That's not a typo, NKU beat MSU AT Morehead by 23 points.
Eagles were dominated in every facet of the game. They were completely clueless, from the head coach to the last player on the bench. Give Northern their due, but that is one of the most embarrassing losses I've ever seen at MSU. Gonna be a long season.

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