MOREHEAD, Ky. – Finishing the game strong, and finishing the road trip strong will be on the docket for the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team on Saturday at Morehead State University.
The game will start at 4:30 p.m. and will be televised throughout the region on This TV and CW Lexington. The live radio broadcast is available in the Richmond area on WCYO 100.7 FM, and can be heard worldwide on EKUSports.com. A live free video broadcast is available on OVCDigitalNetwork.com.
In their last three games, the Colonels (11-9, 3-4 OVC) have led by as many as eight points at Jacksonville State, 13 at Tennessee Tech and by eight points at OVC-leader Murray State, but lost all three games. EKU is just two overtime losses and a four-point regulation loss from being 6-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference.
The game against Morehead State (10-13, 5-3 OVC) is the fourth straight on the road for Eastern Kentucky.
Eastern held 12 of its first 15 opponents under 70 points, including No. 18 Miami. However, the Colonels have allowed 70 or more in four of their last five games and have lost all four of those games.
Morehead State commits more personal fouls (23.6 per game) than any other team in the nation. EKU leads the OVC in free throw shooting and averages only 17.8 fouls per game. MSU leads the OVC in rebound margin (+4.7). Eastern is last at (-5.0).
The two teams combine for an average of 18 steals per game. EKU averages the second fewest turnovers while MSU turns it over the third most in the OVC.
Morehead State has won three in a row and four of its last five. MSU averages 70 points per game and allows 66. The Eagles have been out-scored by 108 points at the free throw line this season.
Senior guard Angelo Warner leads the team in scoring at 12.8 points per game. Brent Arrington, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, contributes 11.5 points per game.
The Eagles won at Austin Peay, 82-69, on Wednesday. MSU shot 55 percent from the field while holding the Governors to 36 percent shooting. Morehead State was out-scored 32-14 at the free throw line. Karam Mashour finished with a game-high 24 points and seven rebounds. Brent Arrington added 16 points and 10 boards. Kareem Storey had 13 points and 12 assists.
The last time these two teams played, Warner posted a career-high 33 points to lead visiting Morehead State to an 86-79 victory over Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 8, 2014. The Eagles shot 58.3 percent (28-of-48) from the floor.
Eastern sliced the deficit to four points with 9:54 remaining, but could get no closer. Warner hit a three-pointer with the shot clock winding down to give Morehead State a nine-point edge, 69-60, with 5:45 left. Thirty-three personal fouls were called in the final 20 minutes and each team went to the charity stripe more than 20 times. Morehead State netted 21-of-26 (80.8 percent) free throws to keep Eastern at bay.
Warner hit 10-of-15 (66.7 percent) shots from the floor and all 10 of his free throw attempts. For the Colonels, Glenn Cosey led the way with 18 points. Corey Walden chipped in with 12 points and a team-best eight boards.
This is the 183rd meeting between the two programs. Eastern Kentucky leads the all-time series 106-76. EKU has won three of the last four meetings. The Colonels are 39-45 all-time on the Eagles’ home court, but have won two in a row in Morehead.