Tierra McGowan, Miranda Crockett, and Eriel McKee each tallied double-doubles in a thrilling 75-71 comeback win over Sacramento State on Saturday night at Johnson Arena.
McGowan, playing in her first game as an Eagle, was named Most Valuable Player of the game. She scored 15 points and was a force with which to be reckoned on the glass, hauling in 16 rebounds, including 10 offensively.
"It was a quite a debut (for McGowan)," said head coach Greg Todd. "We kept plugging and we're proud that we were able to come away with a win."
McKee and Crockett poured in 19 and 17 points respectively, while McKee added 10 rebounds and Crockett pulled down 12.
Sacramento State exploded out of the gate, connecting on 9-of-16 (.563) field goal attempts in the opening quarter. Morehead State struggled to find its way offensively, but forced eight Hornet turnovers and finished the quarter down 24-15.
MSU found the stroke in the second and third quarters, making over 40 percent of its shots in each period. Sacramento State was still firing on all cylinders, holding on to a 10-point lead entering the final quarter.
McKee made a three-point shot with 2:44 left, pulling the Eagles within one. The 5-foot-10 senior then made the go-ahead layup off an assist from Crockett with 25 seconds remaining, giving the Eagles their first lead of the game.
The MSU defense held the Hornets scoreless over the final 3:12 of the contest.
Former Morehead State head coach and current Kentucky head man Matthew Mitchell was recognized during halftime of the season-opening event named in his honor. Mitchell led the Eagles from 2005-2007 before taking over in Lexington.
Morehead State returns to action on Monday at 6 p.m. ET against Gardner-Webb in the second installment of the Matthew Mitchell Classic.