MOREHEAD, Ky. - Looking to ride the momentum of a three-point home win Thursday over Marshall, the Morehead State men's basketball team will get back to action on Tuesday night at IUPUI. Tipoff at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum is set for 7 p.m. ET.
The game can be seen live on ESPN3 and heard live with Chuck Mraz on WIVY-96.3 FM and MSUEagles.com.
The Eagles (1-2) rallied in the second half against Marshall behind a 14-point effort by junior Lamontray Harris. MSU will strive for its first road win in 2017-18. The Jaguars (1-2) are coming off an 80-79 setback at OVC member Eastern Illinois Friday..
THE IUPUI SERIES
Morehead State and IUPU have only met twice (2001-02 and 2002-03) and ironically both games went to overtime with the Jaguars coming out victorious both times. The 2001-02 game took place in Indianapolis.
AGAINST THE HORIZON
Morehead State is 29-16 all-time against teams from the current Horizon League lineup. The Eagles have faced all 10 current HL teams at some point in the program's history.
Morehead State's schedule features just two home games in November. The Eagles hosted Marshall last Thursday and Alice Lloyd (Ky.) on Nov. 30. In between MSU is on the road at IUPUI today, Virginia Tech and Central Arkansas. In December, it's four games away from Morehead.
KNOCKING DOWN THE FREEBIES
Morehead State is shooting 78 percent as a team from the free throw line. The Eagles average 18.7 makes per game and get to the stripe 24 times per game. That percentage is good enough to rank second in the OVC right now.
ALMOST ALL NEW
Morehead State's roster features 10 new players from a season ago. When the Eagles tipped off the year, they had a grand total of 1 Division I start among their four returnees.
SUSTAINED PROGRAM SUCCESS
Since 2008-09, Morehead State has had five 20-win campaigns and made five postseason appearances (2 NCAA, 3 CBI). The Eagles advanced to the championship series of the CBI in 2015-16, taking Nevada to the final game of the three-game set before falling.
The Morehead State men have either led the Ohio Valley Conference or ranked second in rebounding margin 10 consecutive seasons. The Eagles won the board battle versus a much-taller on average Kentucky team 30-25 in the exhibition game and also grabbed 13 more (34-21) rebounds than Cincinnati Christian in that exhibition. In the first three games, they are only at +1, but the Eagles out-rebounded Marshall 49-28.
Jordan Walker is leading Morehead State with 16.7 points per game so far. He has 12 career double-figure scoring games now, including all three this season.
FREE THROW STREAK
Sophomore guard Jordan Walker made 15 straight free throws to open the 2017-18 season before misfiring on the back end of a two-shotter against Marshall. The Indianapolis native was 9-for-9 at the stripe at Lipscomb.
NOT GREEN ANYMORE
Freshman forward Malek Green ranks second on the team with 9.0 points and 5.0 rebounds per game after his first career start and a 12-point effort at Lipscomb. He scored seven points and secured four rebounds in his collegiate debut at Xavier. He was playing in his hometown.
IT'S GOOD TO BE KING
Junior forward Londell King exploded for 10 points and 10 rebounds in just 13 minutes versus Marshall. He secured eight rebounds just in the first half. In the first three games (King did not play at Lipscomb) he leads the team with 7.5 rebounds per game.
HARRIS TABBED PRESEASON ALL-OVC
Junior forward Lamontray Harris has been selected to a preseason All-Ohio Valley Conference team by College Sports Madness. Harris was tabbed to the third-team squad. Last season, Harris played in all 30 games, with one start. He averaged 9.4 points and 5.2 rebounds a game. Harris ranked 20th in the OVC in rebounding (156 total rebounds).
After a slow start in the first two games and the first half against Marshall, Lamontray Harris busted out for 14 points and a season-best nine boards in the win over Marshall. He scored all 14 of his markers in the second half.