MSU Beats SEMO, Climbs in OVC Standings

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. - Maze Stallworth and Jamyron Steward scored 21 points apiece to lead Morehead State to an 82-78 Ohio Valley Conference win at Southeast Missouri on Thursday (Jan. 24).

The Eagles won their fifth game in a row and are 9-9 overall, 7-4 and in third place in the OVC. MSU also got 15 points from Leon Buchanan and 10 by Nikola Stojakovic.

Southeast Missouri fell to 11-10 overall, 6-5 in the league. The Redhawks were led by Jaycen Herring who scored a game-high 23 points. Calvin Williams had 11 points and a team-high seven rebounds.

"I knew this game would be a challenge," said MSU Head Coach Donnie Tyndall. "For the first 30 minutes, we played about as well as we have this season. We defended well, we rebounded well and we were efficient on offense.

"Even though they cut into our lead down the stretch, we did what it took to win. Maze Stallworth, Jamyron Steward and Nikola Stojakovic all made key free throws. This was a big conference road win for our ball club."

MSU led by 12 points, 34-22, at halftime, and stretched its lead to as many as 20 points in the second half. The Redhawks either fouled or forced Eagle turnovers on nearly every play down the stretch and cut the lead to two points with five seconds remaining. Two free throws by Stallworth at that point assured the MSU victory.

The Eagles hit 40 percent (20-of-50) from the field, the Redhawks 45.3 percent (29-of-64). MSU was six-of-12 from three-point range, SEMO was five-of-19 from behind the arc.

At the free throw line, Morehead State hit 36-of-48 (75 percent). Southeast Missouri made only 15-of-28 (53.6 percent).

The Eagles out-rebounded the Redhawks, 41-to-33, with Stallworth and Kenneth Faried pulling down nine rebounds each.

MSU will continue an OVC road trip at Eastern Illinois on Saturday (Jan. 26). Tip off in Lantz Gym is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. CST (8:15 p.m. EST).