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Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has been named an Ohio Valley Conference Basketball Legend in a newly-created program by the league office. The OVC will recognize legends from each of its member institutions during its 2015 conference tournaments.

Faried, who played at Morehead State from 2007-11, is in his fourth season with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets. He signed a five-year contract extension in October, which Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and several other national media outlets reported being worth $60 million.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team posted advantages of 46-4 in paint points, 23-3 in fast-break points, 30-5 in bench points, 55-33 in rebounds and 22-3 in offensive boards en route to a 87-55 rout of Jacksonville State on Saturday evening at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who enter the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament with eight wins in 11 games, improve to 15-16 overall, 10-6 in league action and 7-6 at home. The Gamecocks, who finish the campaign losing seven of their last 10, close out 12-19 overall, 5-11 in OVC play and 1-16 on the road.

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The brackets for the 2015 Ohio Valley Conference basketball tournaments are set. The Morehead State men are the fifth seed, while the Eagle women are seeded sixth.

All games will be played at Nashville's Municipal Auditrorium. For ticket information, call 606-783-2386 or e-mail at: p.rhodes@moreheadstate.edu

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The Morehead State men's basketball team raced out to a 9-0 advantage en route to a 50-point first half and never looked back in an 86-73 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Tennessee Tech before a national-television audience on Thursday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who have won seven of their last 10 tilts, improve to 14-16 overall, 9-6 in conference action and 6-6 at home. The Golden Eagles, who have lost six of their last eight, fall to 12-17 overall, 4-11 in league play and 2-13 on the road. MSU also sweeps the season series versus TTU.

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The Tennessee State women's basketball team denied Morehead State a game-winning shot opportunity with one second left and held on to defeat the Eagles 75-74 Wednesday night at the Gentry Center.

TSU, which is in third place in the Ohio Valley Conference, swept the season series from the Eagles and improved to 14-12 overall and 11-4 in the league. Morehead State, which entered the night in sixth place, slipped to 12-16 overall and 8-7 in the conference.

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The Eastern Kentucky women's basketball team put together a 20-6 second-half run in less than 10 minutes and held on for a 70-64 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State on Saturday afternoon at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels, who snapped a five-game skid, improved to 9-14 overall, 4-9 in league play and 3-6 at home. The Eagles, who dropped their third straight, slipped to 11-15 overall, 7-6 in conference action and 5-9 on the road. The teams also split the season series.

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The Eastern Kentucky men's basketball team forced 20 turnovers and used a late 12-2 run to register a 69-57 Ohio Valley Conference win over Morehead State before a crowd of 5,200 and national-television audience on Wednesday evening at McBrayer Arena.

The Colonels, who have won four consecutive games, improve to 15-9 overall, 7-4 in league play, 8-3 at home and sweep the season series. The Eagles, who entered the day with five wins in their last six contests, slip to 12-15 overall, 7-5 in conference action and 6-8 on the road.

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The Morehead State football program has finalized its 2015 schedule. The 11-game slate features five home games and six road contests. Game times will be announced at a later date.

MSU opens the season at James Madison on Sept. 5. The Dukes advanced to the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs in 2014. The Eagles travel a similar route the following week to face Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 12.

"The 2015 schedule is challenging, as always, especially with the first two games on the road at very tough FCS programs," Head Coach Rob Tenyer said.

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The 18th-ranked Morehead State rifle team turned in a fourth-place effort at the Ohio Valley Conference Championship with an aggregate score of 4,607. The Eagles fired a 2,292 in smallbore on Saturday and 2,315 in air rifle on Sunday (Feb. 8) at the Gamecock Rifle Range.

Host Jacksonville State claimed its fourth consecutive league championship after the two-day event. The Gamecocks also won crowns in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Murray State placed second with a 4,644, while UT Martin's mixed team finished third with a 4,615.

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Freshman Miguel Dicent drained a runner with 4.9 seconds remaining, and the Morehead State men's basketball team forced a turnover on the game's final possession to score a 73-71 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Belmont on Saturday night at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who have won five of their last six contests, improve to 12-14 overall and 5-6 at home. The Bruins, who have dropped back-to-back games after winning five in a row, slip to 15-9 overall and 6-7 on the road. The teams are now tied atop the OVC's East Division at 7-4.

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Morehead State baseball seniors Brandon Rawe, Chris Robinson and Kane Sweeney have been named to the official 15-member Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference Team, as selected by the league's head coaches and sports information contacts.

MSU had the highest number of student-athletes named to the preseason team.

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Tennessee State's Brianna Lawrence scored a season-high 22 points, including six three-pointers, as TSU topped the Morehead State women's basketball team 81-74 at Johnson Arena Saturday night.

TSU, which has now won six straight in the series, improved to 10-12 overall and 7-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference. MSU saw its three-game winning streak snapped, slipping to 11-13 overall and 7-4 in league contests.

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Morehead State senior Almesha Jones has been named to the watch list for the 2015 Nancy Lieberman Award, honoring the nation's top Division I women's basketball point guard.

The award, in conjunction with the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., is named for Hall of Famer and former WNBA player and coach Lieberman. During a four-year career at Old Dominion, Lieberman became the first two-time winner of the Wade Trophy, honoring the nation's best player.

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Senior Karam Mashour posted his third Division I double-double, with a game-high 21 points and career-best 14 rebounds, to power the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 72-57 Ohio Valley Conference win over Tennessee State on Thursday evening (Feb. 5) at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles, who have won four of their last five contests, improve to 11-14 overall, 6-4 in league play and 4-6 at home. The Tigers fall to 5-19 overall, 2-7 in conference action and 0-13 on the road. Morehead State also improves to 34-30 in the all-time series against Tennessee State.

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Led by a 20-point, 10-assist double-double from senior guard Almesha Jones, the Morehead State women's basketball team knocked off preseason Ohio Valley Conference favorite Belmont 66-55 at Johnson Arena on Wednesday.

It marked the program's first victory over Belmont, which joined the conference in 2011-12, since 1998. Morehead State won its third straight OVC game, all by double digits, to improve to 11-12 overall and 7-3 in the league. The Bruins faltered to 8-15 overall and 5-5 in conference tilts.

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Morehead State's Eriel McKee has earned her fifth Ohio Valley Conference Freshman of the Week accolade. The forward from Lawrenceburg, Ky., shared this week's honor with Eastern Illinois' Grace Lennox.

McKee also received the same honor on Nov. 18, Dec. 9, Dec. 23 and Jan. 20.

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The Morehead State men's tennis team got itself in the win column for the first time in 2015 Tuesday (Feb. 3), blanking Lindsey Wilson (Ky.) 6-0.

The Eagles improved to 1-3. The Blue Raiders, ranked fifth in the preseason NAIA poll, lost their season opener.

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The No. 18 Morehead State rifle team posted a 4,561-4,409 dual-match victory over Division III opponent Rose-Hulman on Saturday (Jan. 31) at the Cook Stadium Rifle Range. The Eagles registered a 2,283-2,234 advantage in air rifle and 2,278-2,175 upper hand in smallbore.

MSU claimed the top seven spots in the individual standings. Freshman Haley Wilson led the way with an aggregate score of 1,148, while senior Ethan Cole recorded an 1,143, junior Russell Smith managed an 1,138, freshman Dan Hill notched an 1,134 and freshman Seth Baker tallied an 1,133.

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Freshman forward Eriel McKee recorded her seventh double-double with 12 points and a career-best 16 rebounds, while senior guard Almesha Jones netted a game-best 26 points as the Morehead State women's basketball team pulled away in the second half to defeat Eastern Kentucky 76-58 at Johnson Arena on Saturday (Jan. 31).

Morehead State, which put the kibosh on a five-game losing skid in the EKU series, improved to 10-12 overall and 6-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference. EKU slipped to 8-11 overall and 3-6 in the league race.

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The Morehead State women's golf team has been picked No. 1 in the Ohio Valley Conference Preseason Poll for a third consecutive year. The Eagles closed out their fall campaign with an 88.7 winning percentage, finishing ahead of 47 opponents and behind just six.

MSU collected five first-place votes and 77 total points. Defending champion Murray State was picked second (73 points), while Eastern Kentucky (67), Jacksonville State (51) and Tennessee Tech (51) rounded out the top five positions. The Eagles last won the league tournament in 2011.

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  Senior Karam Mashour registered a career-best 24 points, while senior Kareem Storey and junior Brent Arrington posted their first career double-doubles as Morehead State notched an 82-69 Ohio Valley Conference win over Austin Peay on Wednesday night (Jan. 28) at Aaron Arena.

The Eagles, who have won three consecutive games (all on the road), improve to 10-13 overall, 5-3 in league play and 6-7 on the road. The Governors fall to 7-14 overall, 2-6 in conference action and 5-3 at home. Morehead State also improves to 54-51 in the all-time series against Austin Peay.

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The Morehead State women's basketball team was nearly flawless at the free throw line Monday night (Jan. 26) at Tennessee Tech, hitting 22-of-23, and that helped lead to a 64-54 victory over the Golden Eagles at the Eblen Center.

Morehead State, now 9-12 overall and 5-3 in the Ohio Valley Conference, connected on its first 22 free throws before finally misfiring with 53 seconds left. Tech fell to 5-17 overall and 2-7 in the league.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team knocked down 9-of-12 from three-point range in the first half and led from start to finish in a 66-63 Ohio Valley Conference win over Jacksonville State on Saturday evening at Mathews Coliseum.

The Eagles improve to 9-13 overall, 4-3 in league play and 5-7 on the road, while the Gamecocks slip to 9-13 overall, 2-6 in conference action and 8-3 at home. Morehead State also improves to 20-8 in the all-time series with its fourth straight victory over Jacksonville State.

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The Jan. 31 Eastern Kentucky at Morehead State men's basketball game will be televised live by This TV, which is WYMT's newly-launched secondary channel. The contest will also be simulcast on the CW Lexington, which is WKYT's secondary channel.

The Ohio Valley Conference doubleheader at Johnson Arena will feature the MSU and EKU women at 2 p.m. ET, with the men to follow around 4:30 p.m. The Saturday twillbill is being dubbed a "Gold Rush" as the first 250 fans at each game receive a free t-shirt, courtesy of St. Claire Regional Medical Center.

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Morehead State's all-girl cheerleading squad claimed its second consecutive national championship Saturday at the Universal Cheerleaders Association (UCA) College Nationals in Orlando, Fla.

The all-girl team edged out West Georgia to win its 10th UCA championship and 36th overall title for the Morehead State cheer program since 1988.

MSU's coed team finished as the national runner-up for the second straight year, narrowly coming in behind Delaware.

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The Eastern Illinois men's basketball team knocked down nine consecutive field-goal attempts in the second half to escape with a 65-62 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State on Saturady afternoon (Jan. 17) at Johnson Arena.

The Panthers improve to 12-6 overall, 6-0 in conference play and 5-4 on the road. The Eagles slip to 7-13 overall, 2-3 in league action and 3-5 at home. Eastern Illinois also snaps a five-game skid in the series and moves to 23-13 all-time against Morehead State.

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Senior guard Almesha Jones tied her season high with 26 points and handed out a game-best eight assists to lead the Morehead State women's basketball team to a 67-62 triumph over Eastern Illinois Saturday afternoon (Jan. 17) at Johnson Arena.

MSU moved to 7-11 overall and 3-2 in the Ohio Valley Conference with the program's second consecutive win over EIU. The series is now tied at 17 games apiece. The Panthers slipped to 7-12 overall and 4-2 in the conference.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team jumped out to a 16-point advantage by making its first 12 field-goal attempts and never looked back in a 91-63 Ohio Valley Conference win over SIU Edwardsville on Thursday night (Jan. 15) at Johnson Arena.

The Eagles improve to 7-12 overall, 2-2 in league action and 3-4 at home. The Cougars, who had previously won six of their last seven, slip to 7-9 overall, 3-2 in OVC play and 0-7 on the road. MSU also moves to 6-1 in the series with its fourth straight win over SIUE.

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The UT Martin men's basketball team tallied a 6-0 run late in the second half and made 4-of-6 from the field in overtime to post a 75-72 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State on Saturday evening at the Elam Center.

Both teams split their OVC weekends. The Skyhawks improve to 9-6 overall, 1-1 in league play and 4-2 at home. The Eagles slip to 6-12 overall, 1-2 in conference action and 3-7 on the road. UTM also snaps a nine-game skid in the series against MSU.

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The UT Martin women's basketball team connected on 16 three-pointers Saturday night (Jan. 10) and set several season highs as the Skyhawks defeated Morehead State 99-70 at the Elam Center.

The Skyhawks, who also set a school record with 31 assists, won their third straight game and improved to 7-9 overall and 3-0 in the Ohio Valley Conference. Morehead State dropped its sixth straight in the UTM series and slipped to 6-10 overall and 2-1 in the league.

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