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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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Along with the Whiteout, Saturday is also Donate Life Day at Morehead State Football, and representatives from the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA) will be on hand to distribute information and t-shirts as well as sign up individuals for organ donation.

Morehead State hosts Butler at 1 p.m. ET.

In addition, recipients and family members of organ donors will be honorary game captains. They include Joe Tenyer, father of MSU head coach Rob Tenyer (kidney recipient), Morgan McCalvin (pancreas recipient) and Christina Emory (family member of organ donor).

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Morehead State junior forward Lamontray Harris has been selected to a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team by College Sports Madness.

Harris was tabbed to the third-team squad.

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21 victories and a second-place finish in the Ohio Valley Conference. By any standards, that's a successful college basketball season.

Women's basketball head coach Greg Todd acknowledges that his team accomplished much in 2016-17.

However, entering his fourth season at the helm of the Eagles, Todd and his squad are not complacent. Like a famished waif, they have an appetite for more.

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A pair of school records and several personal bests highlighted the Morehead State rifle team's first weekend of action at the Ole Miss and Memphis Open events.

Senior Joe Fischer set the MSU individual combined school record at Mississippi as he fired a 589-air rifle, 583-smallbore scorecard for an 1172 total. Fischer also shattered the school smallbore kneeling record, recording a 199 with 13 center shots. Both records were personal bests too.

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Morehead State soccer grabbed its second Ohio Valley Conference win in three matches with a 3-1 victory over Eastern Illinois on Sunday at Lakeside Field. The Eagles' record moves to 3-8-1 (2-3-1 OVC), while Eastern Illinois falls to 5-8-1 (0-5 OVC) on the season.

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Been there, done that? Not so much for Preston Spradlin. At least not quite in the same way.

Oh, sure, the first-year Morehead State head basketball coach has been through preseason camps aplenty. It will be his ninth, in fact, on the Division I level.

But come Saturday, Spradlin will enjoy an experience he's never gone through - opening preseason camp as the head coach. The 2017-18 Eagles hold their first official full team practice Saturday as Spradlin and his nearly-new coaching staff direct a 14-man roster punctuated with much youth and many new faces.

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Morehead State climbed out of a 2-0 deficit to defeat Jacksonville State in five sets on Friday night at Wetherby Gym. The Eagles move to 10-6 (1-2 Ohio Valley Conference) on the season, while Jacksonville State drops to 14-7, 1-2 OVC.

Jacksonville State handily claimed the first set by a 25-16 margin, then held on for a 25-23 victory in the second. Morehead State stormed out of the break, however, stealing the momentum and never looking back.

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The Morehead State football team is back on the road this weekend when the Eagles travel to face Campbell at 2 p.m. ET in North Carolina.

The Eagles (2-2/1-0 PFL) are coming off a critical 34-28 home win over Dayton last weekend, while the Camels (2-2/1-0) hammered Stetson 49-21 on the road.

The game can be heard live on WIVY-96.3 FM in the Morehead area or live via links on MSUEagles.com. The contest will also air live on the BigSouthSports Digital Network.

QUOTING COACH TENYER

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Morehead State junior Nick Wilkins has been named Ohio Valley Conference Men's Golfer of the Week, garnering the Eagles' first individual recognition of the fall season.

"Nick is very deserving of this honor," said head coach Matthew Martin. "I am looking for him to take the confidence gained from this and keep progressing with his game."

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Morehead State soccer capitalized on two separate equalizer opportunities, but ultimately fell to Eastern Kentucky in overtime by a score of 3-2 on Sunday afternoon at Jayne Stadium.

With the Eagles' second straight overtime loss to an in-state conference opponent in as many matches, Morehead State drops to 1-7 on the season. The Colonels advance to 4-3-2.

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Junior wideout Jarin Higginbotham hauled in a pair of touchdown passes Saturday night, but host Austin Peay rolled up 477 rushing yards and defeated the Morehead State Eagles 69-13 at Fortera Stadium.

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Taylor Davis is having a September almost too good to be true. He even has folks humming "Can't Take My Eyes Off You."

That's the title of the Frankie Valli song that is set to a video of Davis that was produced a couple of weeks ago by baseball's Class AAA Iowa Cubs.

Davis, a former Morehead State standout, is featured in a series of "stare downs" with the TV and web cameras present at Iowa games this season. In the first week after release, the video had been viewed about 5 million times on Facebook.

Then, on Sept. 5, Davis received a bigger thrill.

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