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Morehead State women's basketball notched its seventh straight win with a 73-59 wire-to-wire victory over St. Francis Brooklyn on Tuesday night at Pope P.E. Center.

With the win, the red-hot Eagles move to 9-3 on the season. Greg Todd records his 52nd win as Morehead State head coach, totaling a 52-51 (.505) mark in his fourth season at the helm. With a 209-115 (.645) record in his 12th NCAA season and a 391-80 (.830) tally over a 14-year Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame career, Todd logged his 600th career victory as a head coach in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

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Morehead State sophomore guard Djimon Henson scored a game-high 22 points in his hometown Tuesday night, but host Butler pulled away after a tight first half to hand the Eagle men's basketball squad a 85-69 defeat at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Eagles slipped to 4-7 with their final non-conference game of 2017-18.

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Morehead State sophomore forward Londell King has been selected as the Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball Newcomer of the Week for Dec. 12-17.

King, a transfer who hails from Tallahassee, Fla., put together back-to-back 17-point, seven-rebound games as the Eagles defeated Kentucky Christian and Central Arkansas last week.

He was extremely solid when on the floor, shooting 73 percent (11-of-15) from the floor and hitting 91 percent (10-of-11) from the free throw line.

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Thanks to a combined 56 points from its starting backcourt, Morehead State women's basketball (7-3) climbed back from a 20-point deficit to defeat Evansville (2-6) by a score of 82-75 on Sunday afternoon.

Sunday's win marks the Eagles' first all-time victory over Evansville, handing the Purple Aces' their first loss at the newly renovated Meeks Family Fieldhouse since the turn of the century.

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Morehead State football seniors Jake Sutherland, Liam Maloney and Braylyn Cook have been selected to take part in the FCS National Bowl in Daytona Beach, Fla.

The game, presented by Spiral, is set for Sunday at 1:30 p.m. ET at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium. It is attended by scouts of all professional levels of football.

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After picking up the latter three victories of a four-game win streak, Morehead State women's basketball saw two of its players recognized by the Ohio Valley Conference for their performance on the court last week.

Junior guard Miranda Crockett was named OVC Player of the Week for the first time in her career, while fellow junior Tierra McGowan was named OVC Newcomer of the Week for the third time this season.

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Miranda Crockett poured in a career-high 28 points while two other starters logged double-doubles, propelling Morehead State women's basketball to a 75-55 win over Lipscomb on Saturday night at Nashville's Allen Arena.

The Eagles' fourth straight victory boosts the team to 6-3 overall, while the Lady Bisons fall to 2-6 on the season.

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Inside Morehead State Basketball, an all-inclusive insight into the men's basketball program, will make its 2017-18 debut this week on the CW Lexington channel.

The show, hosted and produced by David Patrick, will air each Sunday at 1 p.m. ET on DIRECTV channel 14, DISH Network channel 28 and Spectrum Cable channel 99 (or Spectrum channel 5 in Lexington).

The show features commentary and a look back at previous games with head coach Preston Spradlin, along with fun features highlighting Morehead State's student-athletes and coaching staff.

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For the second time in 2017-18, women's basketball center Tierra McGowan has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.

McGowan recorded a game-high 14 points and 15 rebounds (nine offensive), complemented by three assists, three steals, and one block in a 79-40 rout of Chicago State in the Chicago native's homecoming in the Windy City last Sunday. McGowan's has secured double-digit rebounds in each of her first six contests in a Morehead State uniform.

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Career highs by newcomer forwards Malek Green and Londell King were not quite enough for the Morehead State men's hoops team Monday night in dropping an 82-78 decision at Central Arkansas' Farris Center.

The Eagles (1-5) got 16 points and six rebounds off the bench from Green, while King recorded his second career double-double with 10 points and a career-best 12 rebounds to go along with a career standard three steals.

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After falling below .500 for the first time since opening the season 0-1 in 2016-17, Morehead State women's basketball (3-3) bounced back for the first road win of its 2017-18 campaign with a 79-40 decision over Chicago State (0-6) on Sunday afternoon in the Windy City.

Morehead State won the scoring battle in each quarter, jumping out to a 17-12 lead after the first. The MSU defense intensified in the second period, holding Chicago State to just 10 points. The Eagles controlled the battle for points in the paint with an 18-6 first-half advantage, leading 35-22 at the break.

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Sophomore guard Djimon Henson poured in a season-high 17 points but Morehead State men's basketball again fell into a large early deficit and ended with a 96-63 setback at Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at Cassell Coliseum.

Henson, who scored 12 this week at IUPUI, was 8-of-13 from the field and also added four assists for the Eagles (1-4). Virginia Tech (5-1), which leads the nation in field goal percentage, raced out to an 8-0 lead.

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Taking on a nationally ranked opponent in its first road test of the season, Morehead State women's basketball (2-3) finished off the Matthew Mitchell Classic with an 86-53 loss to No. 22 Kentucky (5-0) on Wednesday afternoon at Memorial Coliseum.

Shooting woes proved to be the Eagles' crux in the performance, as Morehead State hoisted a season-low 18-for-66 (.273) from the floor. Kentucky connected on 31-of-55 (.564) attempts, including a red-hot 10-of-17 (.588) from three-point range.

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In a poll of soccer players and head coaches from across the Ohio Valley Conference, Morehead State earned the OVC Team Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive season on Tuesday in Brentwood, Tenn.

2016 was the first time Morehead State had collected the recognition.

"It is always a true honor to receive this award," said MSU head coach Warren Lipka. "It shows a level of respect to the game, as well as to our conference opponents."

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Honoring 13 members of the 2017 senior class, Morehead State football concluded its season with a 21-14 win over Davidson on a windy Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium. The Eagles finish the year with a 4-7 record and a 3-5 mark in the Pioneer Football League, while Davidson ends its season at 2-9 (0-8 PFL).

"Nothing easy," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "I was really proud of the way our kids battled today. Overall, both teams did a really nice job schematically."

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Coming off the second-highest scoring total in program history last Wednesday, Morehead State (2-2) hit a roadblock in the form of the North Florida Ospreys (2-1) Friday night at Johnson Arena. The Eagles were unable to overcome 21 turnovers and ultimately fell 61-56.

The Eagles came bursting out of the gate to begin play, starting with a 7-0 run. However, Morehead State would go cold and finish the final 2:12 of the opening quarter without a field goal. North Florida led 21-15 at the end of the first.

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Over the course of eight ties and nine lead changes, Morehead State men's basketball picked up its first win of the 2017-18 season with an 86-83 thriller over Marshall in the Eagles' home-opener on Thursday night at Ellis T. Johnson Arena.

With the win, Morehead State reclaims possession of the Ellis Johnson Trophy, awarded to the winner of the annual series between rival schools separated by only 68 miles of real estate. The Eagles have emerged victorious in each of the last three matchups at Johnson Arena.

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Morehead State men's basketball will match up with one of its longest-running rivals Thursday evening at Johnson Arena as Marshall visits for a 7 p.m. ET contest.

The 2017-18 regular-season home opener for the Eagles will be Greek Night and a Whiteout. The first 500 fans will receive free OneTownOneTeam t-shirts.

The Eagles (0-2) will look for their inaugural win this season after coming close at Lipscomb Sunday in a 77-70 setback. Marshall enters at 2-0, including an overtime win over fellow OVC foe UT Martin.

GAME NOTES

THE MARSHALL SERIES

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In the first weekly poll of the 2017-18 season, women's basketball center Tierra McGowan has been named the Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.

McGowan, in her Morehead State debut last Saturday, recorded 15 points, a game-high 16 rebounds, one assist, two steals, and one block in a 75-71 come-from-behind win over Sacramento State in the Matthew Mitchell Classic at Johnson Arena. 10 of McGowan's 16 boards came on the offensive glass in just 16 minutes off the bench, earning the 6-foot-3 junior Most Valuable Player honors at the conclusion of the contest.

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Tierra McGowan, Miranda Crockett, and Eriel McKee each tallied double-doubles in a thrilling 75-71 comeback win over Sacramento State on Saturday night at Johnson Arena.

McGowan, playing in her first game as an Eagle, was named Most Valuable Player of the game. She scored 15 points and was a force with which to be reckoned on the glass, hauling in 16 rebounds, including 10 offensively.

"It was a quite a debut (for McGowan)," said head coach Greg Todd. "We kept plugging and we're proud that we were able to come away with a win."

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After honoring Allie Evans and Jessica Hall in the Eagles' annual senior day pregame ceremony, Morehead State concluded its 2017 season with a 3-0 loss to Ohio Valley Conference regular season champion Austin Peay on Saturday at Wetherby Gym.

The Eagles fell in three contested sets by score of 25-23, 25-20, and 25-18. Morehead State wrapped up the season with a 14-15 overall record and a 5-11 mark in the OVC. The Lady Governors improve to 27-5 on the season, moving to 14-2 in conference play.

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Marist's football team outscored Morehead State 14-0 in the fourth quarter to get a come-from-behind 38-31 victory Saturday.

Marist, which snapped a four-game losing streak, improved to 4-7, 3-4 in the Pioneer Football League. Morehead State fell to 3-7, 2-5 in the PFL

"That was the story of the game, the fourth quarter," said head coach Rob Tenyer. "It was a good football game up to that point - going back-and-forth - seems like our consistency fell apart."

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Four Morehead State Eagles scored in double figures, and the MSU men's basketball team used early and late scoring spurts to put away Cincinnati Christian 85-74 in an exhibition game at Johnson Arena Monday night.

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Turning in its second highest aggregate score of the season, the nationally-ranked Morehead State Rifle team won its third straight home match, fourth match overall, and second of the weekend over UT Martin Sunday.

The Eagles bested the UTM Mixed Team 4621-4601. The UTM women scored a 4416.

With four of the five in the air rifle starting lineup at 580 or better, the Eagles shot their second best air score of the year at 2331. They totaled a 2290 in smallbore.

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Morehead State men's basketball will get a final tune-up opportunity before Friday's season opener when the Eagles host Cincinnati Christian in an exhibition contest Monday at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles put forth a respectable showing last week in the Kentucky Cares exhibition at Kentucky before falling 92-67. Junior forward Lamontray Harris led Morehead State with 15 points and four rebounds, plus four assists, in 27 minutes. Sophomore guard Jordan Walker turned in 13 points.

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With 10 new players, including six freshmen, men's basketball head coach Preston Spradlin is concerned with more than just shot selection, rebound position, and defensive posture.

There is a more basic question that must first be answered.

Who will be the leaders of his Morehead State men's basketball team?

The Eagles have no seniors and only three juniors, two of whom are transfers.

The one returning junior, Lamontray Harris, and sophomore guard Jordan Walker are consciously working at being the leaders that Spradlin needs.

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Morehead State Athletics has presented a brand new premium fan experience at Johnson Arena, available immediately for both the men's and women's 2017-18 basketball seasons, known as the Courtside Club.

The premier seating area features cushioned chairs directly on the floor of Johnson Arena, paving way for the best view in the arena. Introducing in-seat wait service, fans can purchase food and beverages from the game-day menu prior to tip-off, with the service readily available all the way through halftime.

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Members of the media who cover the Ohio Valley Conference have selected their predicted order of finish for the men's and women's basketball teams this year. The Morehead State women have been tabbed for a third-place showing, while the men are ninth.

For the fourth year in a row the OVC has conducted a preseason Men's and Women's Media Poll prior to the start of the season. In total 12 voters from around the league cast a ballot on whom they thought would be the 2017-18 basketball favorites and preseason players of the year.

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Behind 4 touchdowns from redshirt junior quarterback Lawson Page and 4 forced turnovers, Morehead State football notched a 29-26 come-from-behind victory over Stetson while celebrating Homecoming weekend on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles advance to 3-5 on the season, with a 2-3 mark in the Pioneer Football League. Stetson falls to 1-4 in the conference, amassing an overall record of 2-6.

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Plagued with a season-high six turnovers, Morehead State football fell to Butler by a score of 44-6 on Saturday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles drop to 2-4 (1-2 Pioneer Football League) on the season, while the Bulldogs propel to 3-3 (1-2 PFL).

Morehead State relinquished 20 points by way of five fumbles and an interception. Butler capitalized on a sack of Lawson Page on the Eagles' opening drive, as Bulldogs running back Anthony Scaccia punched in the first of two touchdowns on the ground with 9:38 left in the first quarter.

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