Tag:Morehead State
Posted on: February 25, 2010 10:44 pm
Edited on: March 9, 2010 7:50 pm

Nation's longest winning streak snapped, 70-65

Thomas Beisner

10:45 pm

On a cold, blustery Kentucky night and in front of a raucous crowd, the Morehead State Eagles sent the Murray State Racers a message in a physical win.  If they want to go dancing in March, they better be ready for a fight.

Facing an opponent that  boasted the nation's longest winning streak and delivered a 30-point beatdown to them in December, the Morehead State Eagles looked like they might have the right recipe for some NCAA Tournament magic, relying on rebounding and three-point shooting to hand the Racers their first OVC loss.  

The game was physical and emotional and exactly the type you'd expect from two OVC rivals battling for post-season bragging rights.  What was a tight first half resulted in a three-point halftime lead for the Eagles.  But, they weren't done there and came out hot in the second half, extending their lead to 11 at about the halfway point and keeping it in the 7-9 range before a Murray run that closed it to 61-60 with about a minute to go.

But, the Eagles weren't ready to hand this one away, even with star big man Kenneth Faried saddled up on the bench with five fouls.  Instead of folding, they found clutch plays from two of their other veteran players. 

With the Eagles hanging to a one-point lead and under a minute left, Steve Peterson , who finished with a team-high 16 points to go with 5 rebounds, stepped to the line and knocked down the first, pushing the lead to 62-60.  He missed the second, but grabbed his own rebound, giving his team another possession.  Coming out of a timeout, Morehead inbounded the ball to Terrance Hill who knocked down his third three of the game, extending the lead to five points and essentially nailing home the game.

When the buzzer sounded, Murray State's conference record was no longer unblemished and the message was clear.  It's going to be a two-team fight for the OVC's NCAA Tournament bid.  And it's going to be a fight.

What Else We Learned About Morehead

1.  The Guys have spirit, yes they do
- The Morehead All-Girls cheerleading team is fresh off of their seventh national championship, but it was the heavy presence of the the Y chromosome that was the most noticeable.  I'm not sure if it had an effect on the crowd's interest in the game, but Drew did run out to the car for his contacts after we started talking about it.

2.  Be Faried, be very Faried - If you haven't heard of Kenneth Faried, you better ask somebody.  In front of five NBA scouts, the junior from New Jersey posted his 21st double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.  He has a knack for always being in the right place to make a play and, despite fouling out with his team up 1 and two minutes left in the game, there's no doubt the OVC Pre-Season Player of the Year was a man among boys.

3.  The Crowd came to party - After a night of sorry fandom at the Dean Dome, the Ellis T. Johnson Arena atmosphere was quite refreshing.  The students stood on their feet nearly the entire game and every person in the arena seemed to be rooting loudly for the Eagles.  It's the loudest I've ever heard 4,500 people.  And I hear 4,500 people a lot.  I'm pretty much an expert.

4.  No Morehead jokes - Not one.  Can you believe it?  Neither can we.  Especially on a night where a few miles down the road Kentucky is playing the Cocks.  We're maturing.

So, now we're off to.....ummmm......we don't know.  There's a snow storm blowing half of the East Coast away and there's a good chance we can't make it to Cornell and Syracuse.  So, were will we end up?

To be continued....

Posted on: February 25, 2010 8:23 pm

Courtside for Murray State vs Morehead State


8:05 PM

Ok honestly, this may not be a game that is on your national radar.  But tonight, we find ourselves in Morehead, Kentucky for a battle between the two best teams in the OVC, Murray State and Morehead State.  Why should you care?  I will give you five reasons:

1.  The NCAA Tournament:  One of these two teams will be in the NCAA Tournament and if its Murray State, they have a legitimate chance to win a game in the first round.  Murray State has won more games consecutively than any team in America.  Want to be smart in your tournament pool?  Learn more about Murray State.

2.  Kenneth Faried:   Chances are that if you dont live in Morehead, you have never heard of Faried.  Well I tell you who has, NBA Scouts.  There are six of them here tonight and they are all here to see Faried.  He has a chance to play himself into the NBA Draft if he finishes the season well.  Get to know the name of the Renaldo Balkman lookalike.

3.  Phil Simms Went Here:  You watch our parent network's number #1 NFL team, but you probably dont know that Simms is a graduate of Morehead State.  The relationship between the school and Simms has been dicey, but he is without question the most famous alumnus, and you can use that tidbit of knowledge on "Stump the Schwab."

4.  Popeye Jones is Handsome:  As you can see above, Popeye Jones is one of the better looking men you will find in the lower 48 states.  He got his basketball talent, crazy nickname and awesome ears while playing at Murray State.  Plus, I needed an excuse to run that picture.

5.  We Drove a Long Way to be Here:  We came through West Virginia, which is mountainous, boring and has towns that look like the town in "Hoosiers", only more depressing.  It snowed the entire way and we considered quitting...but we had a mission to see the two "MSUs" that arent Michigan State play.  Plus this is the only game of the trip in which all four correspondents are here.  So pay attention.

And oh yeah, Kentucky plays later and we will let you know if they win.

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