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In the penultimate game of the regular season, Morehead State men's basketball (14-14, 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference) knocked off Tennessee Tech (12-18, 8-7 OVC) 73-68 on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

The game was broadcast live on CBS Sports Network.

"It was a great, unbelievable team win for us," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "I thought we defended well, we shared the ball very well, and we really executed down the stretch."

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Behind seven strong innings from starting pitcher Aaron Leasher and home runs by sophomores Hunter Fain and Niko Hulsizer, the Morehead State baseball team opened the 2017 season with a 5-2 neutral-site victory over Jacksonville at Jackson State's Bob Braddy Field.

"We played well in all three phases of the game," said head coach Mike McGuire. "I was really proud of our effort tonight."

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The Morehead State rifle team wrapped up its 2016-17 season Saturday at an NCAA qualifier match against the No. 6-ranked Kentucky Wildcats. Air rifle highlighted the day as eight Eagle shooters hit the 580-or-better mark.

Morehead State finished with a 4,600 aggregate total. MSU shot 4,600 or higher in 10 of its 11 events this season after only registering that milestone three times in 2015-16.

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Morehead State women's basketball (19-7, 9-4 Ohio Valley Conference) faces a tough road test at Belmont (22-5, 14-0 OVC) on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET.

The red-hot Bruins are winners of 16 straight, including a perfect 14-0 conference slate. With Morehead State's historic nine-game winning streak ending with a 69-66 loss to Tennessee State in Nashville on Jan. 11, the Eagles hope Belmont's run comes to a similar close on Saturday night in Music City.

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Morehead State men's basketball's four-game winning streak came to a close as they fell 64-52 at Tennessee State on Thursday night.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 13-13 on the year and 9-4 in Ohio Valley Conference play, while TSU improves to 16-11 and 7-7 in the league.

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Sophomore guard Miranda Crockett led the way as Morehead State women's basketball (19-7, 9-4 Ohio Valley Conference) cruised past Tennessee State, 87-74, on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles jumped out to an early lead, extending the gap to 21 points at the half after a strong second quarter. They led by as many as 29 in the closing minute of the third.

"It feels great," said head coach Greg Todd. "We knew it would be a battle. I thought our girls came out and played great for the first three quarters."

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Morehead State men's basketball (13-12, 9-3 Ohio Valley Conference) earned its ninth win in the past 11 games, defeating in-state rival Eastern Kentucky (10-17, 3-9 OVC) 67-62 on Saturday night in front of a boisterous crowd at Alumni Coliseum.

"You've got to take care of big games," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "Certainly, (winning) on the road helps you."

Xavier Moon once again led the way for the Eagles, notching 16 points, nine rebounds, and five assists in a full 40 minutes of action.

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On the heels of a late-game comeback effort that came up just short, Morehead State women's basketball (18-7, 8-4 Ohio Valley Conference) fell at Eastern Kentucky (9-16, 6-6 OVC) by a final score of 65-58.

The Eagles ended the first quarter shooting just 3-of-15 (.200) from the field, managing only eight points in the process. The second period continued in a similar fashion, as Morehead State found itself down 36-21 at halftime. Eastern Kentucky led by as many as 17 before the break.

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In the first overtime game at Johnson Arena in 2016-17, Morehead State men's basketball (12-12, 8-3 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated Murray State (12-13, 6-5 OVC) by a final score of 101-100.

"This win means a lot," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "We played really well, especially in the first half. Our bench was absolutely terrific tonight."

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In a back-and-forth contest in which the lead changed 15 different times, Morehead State men's basketball (11-12, 7-3 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated Southeast Missouri (11-15, 6-5 OVC) 89-81 on Saturday evening at the Show Me Center.

"We're having fun, and we just don't look at the score," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "We just play, we just execute. We don't care if we're up or if we're down. We're going to fight, we're going to scrap, and we locked in and played extremely well down the stretch to secure the win."

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Morehead State women's basketball (18-6, 8-3 Ohio Valley Conference) charged back from a deficit as large as 12 to defeat Southeast Missouri (10-14, 4-7 OVC) Saturday evening on the road.

Shay Steele fronted the come-from-behind win for the Eagles with a season-high 21 points on 8-of-15 (.533) shooting, as well as seven rebounds and four steals.

"Shay battled hard," said head coach Greg Todd. "We received an excellent effort from her today."

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Sophomore guard Miranda Crockett led the way with 18 points as Morehead State women's basketball downed Murray State 73-59 at Johnson Arena on Wednesday night.

With the win, the Eagles improve to 17-6 overall and 7-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while the Racers fall to 12-10, 4-5 OVC.

"Tonight was an all-around good showing," said head coach Greg Todd. "We're happy to bounce back after a tough loss and close out a solid victory."

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Morehead State men's basketball erased an 11-point second half deficit and rallied to defeat host Jacksonville State 72-69 at the Pete Mathews Coliseum Saturday afternoon.

The Eagles (10-12/6-3 OVC) fell behind 57-46 with less than 10 minutes remaining, but used a 22-5 run to pull back ahead. The Gamecocks fell to 13-11 and 5-4 in the league.

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Morehead State women's basketball lost a 69-68 heartbreaker at Jacksonville State Saturday. JSU's Lacey Buchanon hit a 15-foot corner jumper as the final buzzer went off.

The Eagles fell to 16-6 overall and 6-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, while JSU moved to 10-11 overall and 3-6 in the league.

Morehead State took a 68-67 lead with 1:23 left on an Eriel McKee jumper but the Eagles did not score again. JSU's Briana Benson missed a three-pointer with three ticks remaining, and the rebound went out of bounds off an MSU player, giving the hosts one final shot.

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Senior guard Xavier Moon scored a game-high 26 points, his fifth 20-point game in 2016-17, but the Morehead State men's basketball team came out on the short end of a 76-73 Ohio Valley Conference contest at Tennessee Tech Thursday night.

Morehead State (9-12/5-2 OVC) opened the game on a 12-0 run, but it was held to just 31 percent (9-of-29) shooting in the final half when TTU (9-14/5-3) outscored the Eagles 40-31. Tech nailed 11 three-pointers on the night, including eight in the final 20 minutes.

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Morehead State women's basketball picked up its sixth Ohio Valley Conference win of 2016-17, cruising to a 79-65 victory over Tennessee Tech on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.

"It was a good effort," said MSU head coach Greg Todd. "We knew we had our hands full. I thought our defensive pressure was good. We played an overall solid game, and I was pleased."

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Morehead State men's basketball (6-11, 2-2 Ohio Valley Conference) dropped an 84-78 decision to Belmont (10-4, 4-0 OVC) Thursday night, despite an electric atmosphere in the season's first nationally televised game at Johnson Arena.

Down four with 22 seconds to go, Morehead State guard Xavier Moon grabbed a crucial rebound off the front end of a one-and-one at the defensive end. Miguel Dicent received the outlet pass, but came up short on a tightly contested jumper after 10 seconds of steadfast defense from the Bruins.

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Morehead State defensive lineman Colt Briggs was one of 44 athletes named to the Football Championship Subdivision Athletic Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.

Briggs, a redshirt junior from Wilmington, Ohio, was also named Second-Team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America, was a First-Team CoSIDA Academic All-District II pick and was Second-Team Academic All-PFL. Briggs has a 3.80 GPA in biomedical science.

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After compiling a string of at least nine straight wins for only the fourth time in school history, Morehead State women's basketball (14-4, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) dropped a 69-66 road test to Tennessee State (7-7, 2-2 OVC) in dramatic fashion on Wednesday night.

Down 68-58 with under 40 seconds to go, KayK Tate ignited an 8-0 run by the Eagles via her second three-pointer of the contest. After Brianna McQueen nailed a jumper from long range with 13.4 tics on the clock, Darianne Seward immediately forced a jump ball with Morehead State down 68-66.

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With its longest winning streak since the 1978-79 season still intact, Morehead State women's basketball (14-3, 4-0 Ohio Valley Conference) visits Tennessee State (6-7, 1-2 OVC) on Wednesday at 7 p.m. ET.

Four games into an unblemished conference slate, the Eagles lead the OVC in scoring defense, scoring margin, field goal percentage defense, three-point field goal percentage defense, rebounding offense, blocked shots, assists, turnover margin, and defensive rebounds. Morehead State is the only team besides Belmont with a 4-0 record in OVC play.

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The Morehead State football program has awarded seven athletes with season team awards for 2016.

The award winners are Jake Raymond (Phil Simms Offensive Most Valuable Player), Colt Briggs (Dave Haverdick Defensive MVP), Matt Ward (John Christopher Special Teams MVP), Pat DiSalvio (Appel Academic Award), Jake Sutherland (Mike Gottfried C3 Award), Kyle Gilbert (Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year) and Jake Megois (Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year).

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Morehead State men's basketball picked up its second straight Ohio Valley Conference win Saturday evening via a 73-65 decision over SIU Edwardsville at Johnson Arena. With the victory, the Eagles improve to 6-10 (2-1 OVC) on the season.

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Morehead State women's basketball (14-3, 4-0 Ohio Valley Conference) extended its winning streak to nine games by holding on for a 69-66 victory over SIU Edwardsville (5-11, 1-2 OVC) Saturday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

"You need to win your home games," said head coach Greg Todd. "We were fortunate today. It was a great game."

Morehead State led by as many as 14 early in the third quarter, but an ensuing 21-10 run by the Cougars paved the way for a highly competitive final period.

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Despite leading the game for nearly 28 of the contest's 45 extended minutes, Morehead State men's basketball (4-10, 0-1 Ohio Valley Conference) fell to UT Martin (11-6, 1-1 OVC), 81-77, in overtime at the Elam Center.

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Morehead State women's basketball (12-3, 2-0 Ohio Valley Conference) defeated UT Martin (4-11, 1-1 OVC) 89-68 on Saturday night at the Elam Center, snapping a 27-game OVC home winning streak for the Skyhawks.

"I couldn't be happier for our group," said head coach Greg Todd. "We really took care of business."

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Morehead State men's basketball capitalized on a season-high triple-digit scoring output in a 120-77 win over Asbury (Ky.) on Wednesday night at Johnson Arena.

"We took care of business," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "We got out of here with a win."

Senior forward Treshaad Williams connected on a perfect 12-of-12 from the field, good for a career-high 24 points. The 6-foot-5 Nashville, Ga. native added eight rebounds, two assists, and a block over just 19 minutes as a starter.

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After making her career debut just last Tuesday at North Florida, Morehead State women's basketball guard Darianne Seward has been named Ohio Valley Conference Newcomer of the Week.

"Darianne makes us a better team," said Eagles head coach Greg Todd. "She also makes us deeper."

Seward recorded 16 points, five rebounds, four assists, and four steals in last week's 84-65 win at North Florida. Last Saturday at Kennesaw State, Seward followed her season debut with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists as a starter in a 71-50 rout of the Owls.

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Morehead State men's basketball jumped out to a 41-31 halftime lead before falling at Mississippi State on Thursday night, 85-76.

With the loss, the Eagles fall to 3-9 on the year, while the Bulldogs improve to 8-3.

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Trailing by 11 points with just over six minutes to go, Morehead State men's basketball rallied to force overtime, before ultimately falling at Eastern Washington, 88-86, on Tuesday night.

The loss marks the seventh straight for the Eagles as they fall to 2-7 on the year. EWU improved to 8-2 and they are a perfect 7-0 at home.

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Morehead State women's basketball (8-3) defeated North Florida (6-5) 84-65 on Tuesday night at UNF Arena.

"It's a quality win," said head coach Greg Todd. "I'm very happy for our whole team."

Senior Aaliyah Wells led the way for the Eagles, thanks in part to 5-of-9 shooting from three-point range. The 5-foot-8 guard from Shelbyville, Ky. recorded a career-high 25 points, complemented by six rebounds.

Morehead State forced 25 turnovers from the Ospreys, while relinquishing only 15. The Eagles led North Florida 35-11 in points off turnovers.

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