Morehead Stays in OVC Title Hunt

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Leon Buchanan had 24 points and Jamyron Steward added 19 points to lead Morehead State to an 80-68 Ohio Valley Conference win over Tennessee Tech Tuesday (Jan. 29) evening in Johnson Arena.

With the win, MSU evened its overall record at 10-10 and remained in third place in the OVC standings with an 8-5 league mark. The Eagles raised its 2007-08 home record to 8-0, MSU's best start at home since the 1972-73 team won all nine of its home contests.

MSU also got career-high totals of 13 points and 14 assists from Nikola Stojakovic and 12 points and a team-high eight rebounds from Demonte Harper.

Tennessee Tech fell to 9-14 overall, 6-7 in the OVC. The Golden Eagles were led by Anthony Fisher who scored 18 points. Amadi McKenzie had 15 points and 10 rebounds. Will Barnes had 14 points and a team-high four assists. Daniel Northern had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

"I thought we were very efficient offensively," said MSU Head Coach Donnie Tyndall. "We had 20 assists and only nine turnovers, and we shot 56.1 percent from the field, 43.8 percent from three-point range. That's a nice game on offense.

"Defensively, I felt like we were solid, not great, but Tech shot the ball poorly from behind the arch and that helped us a great deal."

The Eagles led by as many as 13 points in the first half and by seven, 42-35, at halftime. Tech scored the first basket of the second half to cut the lead to five points, but that was as close as the Golden Eagles would get. MSU stretched the lead to as many as 15 points and led by at least 10 points for the final 8:54 of the contest.

MSU hit 32-of-57 field goal attempts (56.1 percent), including seven-of-16 from three-point range, and nine-of15 from the free throw line. Tech hit only 20-of-47 from the field (42.6 percent), two-of-17 from long range. The Golden Eagles went to the free throw line 37 times and connected on 26 of their attempts.

Tech won the rebound battle, 31-to-29. The Golden Eagles had 13 turnovers to MSU's nine.

Steward hit his first six field goal attempts, including five three-pointers, and scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half. Buchanan scored 16 of his 24 points after intermission.

MSU will step outside of the conference and host Kentucky Christian for a 7 p.m. EST game on Saturday (Feb. 2). Tennessee Tech will return home to play Eastern Kentucky at 1 p.m. CST on Saturday.