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Women's golf senior Anna Magnusson finished nine-over at the River Landing Classic, tying for 17th place on the overall leaderboard.

As a team, the Eagles landed in ninth at 65-over.

Magnusson began the event shooting 78, but closed out strong with 74 and 73 respective scores in the final two rounds. She ended the tournament with a final tally of 225, nine-over par.

Sophomore Anna Dieguez finished the first round shooting 71, ultimately coming away at 16-over after three rounds of play. She ended the contest in 41st place.

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The top four hitters in the Morehead State baseball lineup combined for 13 hits and a pair of pitchers only walked one Southeast Missouri batter as the Eagles opened Ohio Valley Conference play with a 12-9 win over the Redhawks at Allen Field Thursday.

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The Morehead State baseball team pounded a season-best 23 hits and scored in every inning in a 23-9 win over Youngstown State in a game that was suspended Tuesday night due to heavy rain and completed Wednesday at Allen Field.

The Eagles, who moved to 3-1 at home, upped their overall 2017 mark to 8-5. The game was suspended in the top of the second Tuesday with the Eagles ahead 3-2. MSU had multiple-run outbursts in the first (3), fourth (4), fifth (5), sixth (2), seventh (7) and eighth frames (2) as the Penguins (1-9) used eight different pitchers.

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Despite leading by as many as 14 midway through the first half, Morehead State dropped a 75-69 heartbreaker to Murray State in the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament quarterfinals.

"First off, great game by Murray State," said interim head coach Preston Spradlin. "But, this team is so special. They mean so much to me, to each other, to our university, to our community, and to their families. At the end of the day, that's what this is all about."

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If baseball lasted just four-and-a-half innings, then the Morehead State baseball team would be looking pretty good and tied with No. 6 Louisville 2-2, but unfortunately the game goes nine frames and the Cardinals scored 18 times in the fifth through eighth innings for a 20-2 win over the Eagles at Jim Patterson Stadium Wednesday.

The Eagles fell to 5-4 and will now look forward to their home-opening weekend against Bowling Green.

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Something - no, make that someone - was missing from Morehead State's game plan Wednesday.

Brianna McQueen could only watch as the second-seeded Eagles fell 73-67 to seven-seed Eastern Kentucky in the Ohio Valley Conference Women's Basketball Tournament.

McQueen, a 5-foot-3 fifth-year senior and MSU's first-team all-conference pick, suffered a torn ACL in her right knee two weeks earlier, prematurely ending her collegiate career.

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Morehead State women's basketball guards Brianna McQueen and Miranda Crockett were named 2016-17 All-Ohio Valley Conference

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In the last regular season game of 2016-17, Morehead State women's basketball (20-8, 10-5 Ohio Valley Conference) battles Jacksonville State (13-14, 6-9 OVC) on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET.

Four seniors - Shay Steele, Aaliyah Wells, Brianna McQueen, and KayK Tate - will be competing in their final contest at Johnson Arena.

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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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