Morehead State men's basketball added to its hot streak of now five wins in the past six outings, defeating Eastern Kentucky by a final score of 80-54 in front of a raucous crowd on Saturday night at Johnson Arena.
"We put goals on the (locker room) board every game, and we accomplished a bunch of those goals tonight," said interim head Preston Spradlin. "As a result, you get a really big win in front of a special crowd."
Senior Treshaad Williams led the way for the Eagles, despite snapping his string of 26 consecutive made field goals at home. The 6-foot-5 forward tallied 22 points on 9-of-12 (.750) shooting, while notching seven rebounds and two steals. Fellow senior Ty'Quan Bitting sparked Morehead State's post presence off the bench, logging 10 points and four boards in just 13 minutes.
"Ty'Quan had a terrific game tonight," Spradlin said. "But, what he did wasn't on the stat sheet. He played with incredible energy, and he came in and answered the call."
The Eagles led on the scoreboard for all but six minutes, dominating the matchup in almost every statistical category. Morehead State won the rebounding battle (41-29), points in the paint (46-28), points off turnovers (20-7), and second chance points (20-6). The Colonels shot just 20-of-56 (.357) from the floor, while the Eagles cashed in 33-of-64 (.516).
Miguel Dicent, the only player from either team to compete in all 40 minutes, recorded 13 points and seven assists. Freshman reserve Jordan Walker contributed 12 points and five boards, while Xavier Moon rounded out the double-digit scoring with 11 points, six assists, four rebounds, and three steals.
With the win, Morehead State moves to 9-11 (5-2 Ohio Valley Conference) on the year. Before a rematch with Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 11, the Eagles continue their roll through conference play with a contest at Tennessee Tech (8-14, 4-3 OVC) on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.