MOREHEAD, Ky. - John Lamb scored a career-high 18 points to lead a second-half Morehead State rally, and the Eagles defeated Ohio Valley Conference rival Eastern Kentucky, 62-53, in Johnson Arena on Thursday evening. The freshman from Indianola, Iowa, scored all of his points in the second half by hitting five-of-five from the field, including four three-pointers, and all four of his free throw attempts.
MSU, now 5-9 overall and 3-4 in the OVC, also got 15 points from Maze Stallworth and 11 points and a game-high seven rebounds from Kenneth Faried. Senior point guard Nikola Stojakovic haded out a game-high 11 assists and committed only one turnover in 37 minutes.
EKU is 6-9 overall and 3-4 in the league. The Colonels, who have lost four games in a row, were led by Darnell Dialls who scored 16 points and by Adam Leonard and Mike Rose who scored 15 points each.
"We got more aggressive and made our shots in the second half," said MSU Head Coach Donnie Tyndall. "But, it was our defense that gave us the chance to win.
"John Lamb had a great game. After playing only a minute in the first half, he got his chance in the second half and came out aggressive offensively, plus he worked hard guarding people. Our other freshmen, Kenneth Faried and Demonte Harper, also played very well."
The Eagles hit only 24 percent (six-of-25) from the field in the first half and trailed 21-18 at intermission. In the second half, sparked by Lamb's perfect shooting, MSU hit 63.6 percent (14-of-22) and made eight of its 10 three-point attempts.
MSU won the rebound battle, 28-to-25, and committed only 12 turnovers compared to 16 for Eastern Kentucky.
The Colonels led by as many as nine points in the first half, and by as many as eight points in the second half. Morehead State's biggest lead was the nine-point final margin.
The Eagles now travel to UT Martin for a 2 p.m. CST (3 p.m. EST) nationally televised contest (ESPNU) on Saturday (Jan. 12). EKU plays at Eastern Illinois Saturday evening.
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