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Senior guard Almesha Jones nailed a three-pointer with two seconds remaining to propel the Morehead State women's basketball team to a 64-63 victory over Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference opener for both teams Saturday (Jan. 3) at Johnson Arena.

Jones hit just the one trey all night, but it helped the Eagles improve to 5-9 overall and 1-0 in the OVC. Morehead State is now 8-2 in league openers in the last 10 seasons. The Racers fell to 5-9 overall and 0-1 in the conference.

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The East Tennessee State women's basketball team knocked down 14 three-pointers, hitting 54 percent from beyond the arc on Monday as the Buccaneers held off Morehead State 86-77 in an Education Day matinee at Johnson Arena.

ETSU, a Southern Conference member, won its fourth consecutive game and improved to 7-4. The Eagles slipped to 4-6 overall. ETSU now leads the overall series 6-4.

The visitors hit 14-of-26 from three-point range, 32-of-65 (49 percent) overall and led by as much as 76-60 in the middle of the second half.

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The No. 12 Ohio State men's basketball team shot 57 percent from the floor and tallied a 21-3 advantage in second-chance points on its way to an 87-71 victory over Morehead State before a crowd of 14,578 on Saturday afternoon (December 13) at Value City Arena.

The Buckeyes, who compete in the Big Ten Conference, improve to 8-1 overall and 8-0 at home. The Eagles, who play in the Ohio Valley Conference, slip to 4-8 overall and 1-5 on the road. OSU has now won 11 straight at home, while MSU has dropped four in a row overall.

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Brian Hutchinson, who is in his 10th full school year as the director of athletics at Morehead State, has been selected to serve on the NCAA Division I Council. The council oversees day-to-day operations for Division I. Its first meeting is set for January of 2015.

The 40-person council includes a variety of Division I athletic administrators, including conference commissioners and directors of athletics. Hutchinson is the lone representative of the Ohio Valley Conference and one of three individuals with ties to the Pioneer Football League.

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The UAB men's basketball team held Morehead State to 34 percent from the field and used a 28-20 advantage in paint points to register a 58-48 non-conference victory on Thursday evening (Dec. 4) at Bartow Arena.

The Blazers, who snap a three-game skid, improve to 3-5 overall and 3-2 at home. The Eagles, who have dropped both contests this week, slip to 4-6 overall and 1-4 on the road. It was the first meeting between the two schools in men's hoops.

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Morehead State football student-athletes Mike Jackson, Brandon Bornhauser and Joshua Brunner have been selected to play in the Football Championship Subdivision National Bowl.

The "all-star" game will be held Sunday (Dec. 7) in Miami at Florida International's Ocean Bank Field. Game time is set for 2 p.m.following the 10 a.m. contest featuring players from Divisions II, III and NAIA.

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Senior guard Almesha Jones scored her 1,000th career point at Morehead State, but it came in a setback at Ohio Wednesday morning. The Bobcats defeated the Eagles 87-67 at the Convocation Center.

Jones, a Cincinnati native, hit a pair of free throws with 10:11 remaining to reach the 1,000-point plateau. She is the 22nd player in program to achieve that milestone. Jones led all players with 21, including 10-for-10 at the free throw line, and also added a game-best seven assists.

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Eleven Morehead State student-athletes have been named to the 2014 All-Pioneer Football League Teams.

Justin Cornwall was named to the first-team as a return specialist. Brandon Bornhauser, Joshua Brunner, Ronald Cooper, Chris Fookes, Austin Gahafer, Justin Grier, Alex Hey, Mike Jackson, Luke Keller and Jake Raymond were tabbed honorable mention.

"I am proud of all our players who earned All-PFL honors," Head Coach Rob Tenyer said. "We had some outstanding individual performances this season."

Senior Jalen Riley and junior Lester Wilson combined for 39 points, while the East Tennessee State men's basketball team overcame a slow start to post a 63-59 non-conference win over Morehead State on Monday evening (Dec. 1) at Johnson Arena.

The Southern Conference Buccaneers improve to 4-1 overall and 2-1 on the road, while the Ohio Valley Conference Eagles slip to 4-5 overall and 2-1 at home. ETSU snaps a four-game skid in the all-time series, but MSU still holds a 28-25 head-to-head advantage.

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Lipscomb's Ashley Southern hit a pair of free throws with 1.6 seconds remaining Saturday as the Morehead State women's basketball team dropped a 61-59 decision to the Bison at Johnson Arena.

Lipscomb improved to 2-4 overall and evened the series with MSU, 2-2. Morehead State, which nearly eliminated a nine-point deficit late in the second half, slipped to 3-3 overall and 1-1 at home.

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The Morehead State men's basketball team has been picked second in the Ohio Valley Conference's East Division, while seniors Almesha Jones and Angelo Warner have earned Preseason All-OVC honors in a vote of the league's head coaches and sports information directors.

The Morehead State men are coming off a 20-win campaign for the fourth time in the past six years. The 2013-14 Eagles also earned a spot in the College Basketball Invitational, which marked the program's fourth postseason berth in six seasons and ninth in school history.

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Morehead State senior Angelo Warner and junior Brent Arrington have been tabbed by College Sports Madness as Preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference selections. Warner is a first-team honoree, while Arrington is a fourth-team choice.

Warner, a native of Orlando, is already 23rd on MSU's all-time scoring list with 1,133 points in 98 career games. He ranked sixth in the conference last season with a team-best 17.5 points per game and reached double figures in scoring on 31 occasions.

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Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has signed a five-year contract extension with the National Basketball Association's Denver Nuggets. The deal is worth $60 million, according to Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and several other national media outlets.

Faried, a 6-foot-8 forward, most recently helped the United States capture a gold medal in the FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup. The U.S.A., which won all nine of its contests, has now secured an automatic bid to the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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Senior Jade Flory scored two goals, and senior midfielder Caity Fox recorded a pair of assists to lead the Morehead State soccer team to a 3-0 win over Tennessee Tech Sunday (Oct. 5) at Jayne Stadium.

Sophomore forward Angela Black capped the scoring with a goal with just five seconds left. Morehead State improved to 8-2-4 overall, 3-0-1 in the Ohio Valley Conference and 6-0-0 at home this year. MSU is now 9-1-2 against Tech since 2003. The Golden Eagles fell to 2-11-0 overall, 0-4-0 in the league and 1-9-0 in road matches.

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The Morehead State women's golf team fired a 305 on Tuesday (Sept. 30) at the Silver Lakes Golf Course to finish second in the 11-team Chris Banister Classic. The Eagles were second after the opening round and held their spot throughout the 54-hole affair.

"The goal is to win every tournament, but that's not very realistic in our sport," Head Coach Stephanie Barker said. "I was pleased with the way we handled all three rounds on a very challenging course. We played solid, everyone contributed and we were in contention to win."

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The Morehead State baseball program is holding an alumni weekend in conjunction with MSU's Homecoming Week. The events will take place Saturday and Sunday.

One of the highlights of the weekend will be recognition of the 1983 Ohio Valley Conference Championship team at the MSU football game versus Campbell, which kicks off at 1 p.m. That team, coached by the late Steve Hamilton, won the OVC North Division Title, overall OVC Title and advanced to an NCAA Regional in Ann Arbor, Mich., where the Eagles won two games.

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The Morehead State soccer team played 10 on 11 for nearly 50 minutes, but still managed to notch a 2-1 victory over Ohio Valley Conference opponent Austin Peay on Sunday afternoon (Sept. 28) at Jayne Stadium.

The Eagles improve to 6-2-4 overall, 1-0-1 in conference action and 4-0-0 at home, while the Governors slip to 2-8-0 overall, 1-1-0 in league play and 0-3-0 on the road.

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The Morehead State rifle team is ranked in the top 20, according to the Collegiate Rifle Coaches Association preseason poll.

MSU is ranked 19th, one of five Ohio Valley Conference teams listed among the nation's best.

"As the new coach at Morehead State, I look forward to the coming season," Head Coach Alan Joseph said. "The competition will be keen, especially in the OVC. I am happy to be among the top-20 NCAA rifle teams. My team is dedicated to continued improvement in 2014-15."

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Morehead State has finalized its 2014-15 women's basketball schedule. The 29-game slate features six dates against postseason teams from a year ago, including Southeastern Conference member Kentucky and Big Ten opponent Indiana.

"We have a very competitive schedule," first-year Head Coach Greg Todd said. "We open the season with what should be a great traveling experience for our team at Norfolk State (Nov. 14) and George Mason (Nov. 16) and then face Kentucky (Nov. 19) and Indiana (Nov. 21) back-to-back."

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Morehead State senior forward Jade Flory has been named Ohio Valley Conference Soccer Co-Offensive Player of the Week.

Flory garnered her fifth weekly award from the league after winning the accolade four times in 2013.

She recorded two goals and an assist in the 4-1 win over Appalachian State Friday. Flory scored the Eagles' first and fourth goals while also assisting on the match-winning score. She now has 19 goals in less than two seasons at Morehead State.

Flory was the 2013 OVC Offensive Player of the Year.

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The Morehead State men's golf team posted a 294 in the final round of the Joe Feaganes Marshall Invitational on Monday (Sept. 8) at the Guyan Golf and Country Club. The Eagles closed out the 54-hole affair with an 895.

"The good news is our scores got better each day," Matthew Martin said after his first tournament as MSU's head coach. "The bad news is we have a lot of work to do as a group. Last place (15th) is not where we plan to be in the future."

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Morehead State football student-athletes Brandon Bornhauser and Luke Keller have earned recognition from the College Football Performance Awards.

Bornhauser, a junior slot receiver/kick return specialist, was named Co-Kickoff Returner of the Week. Keller, a junior linebacker, was listed as an Honorable Mention Performer of the Week at his position.

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The Morehead State volleyball program dropped both of its Saturday (August 30) matches in the Eagle Challenge at Wetherby Gym. MSU suffered a 25-10, 25-21, 25-10 defeat to Northern Kentucky and then lost a 20-25, 25-20, 25-17, 25-22 decision to Radford.

NKU finishes the three-team event by winning both of its matches, while RU posted a 2-1 mark and MSU dropped all three of its tilts. The Highlanders won the Big South Conference last season, while the Eagles are the four-time defending Ohio Valley Conference champions.

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Former Morehead State standout Chad Posthumus has signed a one-year contract with Levanga Hokkaido Sapporo of the National Basketball League of Japan (NBL).

"Congratulations to Chad and his family," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "We want players, like Chad, who have aspirations to earn their degree and play basketball at the next level. Time will tell, but I think he has a chance to be a very good professional player."

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Morehead State redshirt senior Brandon Bornhauser has been named to the official Preseason All-Pioneer Football League Team as a return specialist.

Bornhauser, a native of Cincinnati, averaged a team-best 26.7 yards per kickoff return in 2013 with a long burst of 64 yards against Dayton. He also caught 16 passes for 138 yards and hauled in touchdown tosses at Valparaiso and Campbell. Bornhauser was utilized in goal-line offensive situations and produced a team-best five rushing touchdowns.

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The Morehead State men's basketball program has finalized a preseason trip to the Bahamas, which includes three exhibition games against international competition. The Eagles are scheduled to depart the morning of Aug. 8 and return to campus the evening of Aug. 13.

Morehead State is slated to face the Grand Bahamas All-Stars (Aug. 9), Real Deal Shockers (Aug. 10) and Pyramid Food Rockets (Aug. 11). All contests will be played at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau. Opposing teams will include former NCAA Division I and II players.

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The Austin Peay baseball team broke a tie game in the top of the ninth and hung on for a 9-8 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Morehead State before a crowd of 584 on Saturday afternoon (May 3) at MSU’s Allen Field.

The crowd was MSU's second straight of more than 500 and its best at home since 1994.

The Morehead State men's basketball team has accepted a bid to the 2014 College Basketball Invitational (CBI). The Eagles are set to visit Missouri Valley Conference opponent Illinois State in the opening round on Wednesday (March 19) at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available by calling the Illinois State ticket office at 309-438-8000 or visiting GoRedbirds.com.

The winner of Morehead State and Illinois State will face either Mountain West Conference opponent Wyoming or Southeastern Conference foe Texas A&M.

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Wins in two doubles matches set the tone, and the Morehead State women's tennis team went on to defeat SIU Edwardsville 4-1 Sunday (March 16) at the EAGLE Center.

Morehead State (5-8/2-0 Ohio Valley Conference) won for the second time in as many days. The Cougars (5-7/0-2) lost for the second straight day.

In doubles, sophomore Briar Preston teamed with junior transfer Alex Tachovsky to beat Sierra Halverson and Mia Frogner, 8-1. Freshmen Andrea LeBlanc and Hayley Wild doubled up Kali Donner and Lindsey Raymond, 8-4.

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The Morehead State women's tennis squad knocked off previously unbeaten Eastern Illinois, 4-3, Saturday (March 15) at MSU’s Sadler Courts.

The Panthers (6-1/0-1 OVC) entered the match ranked 74th in the latest Intercollegiate Tennis Association Division I poll, but the Eagles (4-8/1-0) won four of the six singles matches after dropping the doubles point.

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