MOREHEAD, Ky. - Demonte Harper scored 21 points and Kenneth Faried had 18 points and a game-high 12 rebounds to lead Morehead State to a 79-74 Ohio Valley Conference win over Murray State Saturday (Dec. 6) afternoon in Johnson Arena.
The Eagles (3-6, 2-0 OVC) have now won three in a row after opening the season with six consecutive losses. On Saturday, they broke an 11-game losing streak to Murray State. The Racers are now 5-2 overall, 1-1 in the league.
Morehead State also got 14 points in a reserve role from Robert Murray and 12 points from Maze Stallworth.
Murray State was led by Isacc Miles who scored 17 points and handed out a game-high seven assists. Ivan Aska and Tyler Holloway had 12 points each.
"It was a hard-fought game," said Eagle Coach Donnie Tyndall. "I have the utmost respect for Billy Kennedy and his team, how hard they play, how efficient they are offensively, but today we just make a few more plays and came out on top.
"I'm very proud of our guys. Things didn't go our way the whole game, but they scratched and clawed and came up with a way to win the game. I thought Demonte Harper played his best game of the season. We only had eight turnovers as a team, and we won the rebound battle."
Morehead State led the entire first half, scoring four points in the last nine seconds to take a 41-36 lead to the locker room at intermission. The Eagles maintained their lead until the 14:13 mark, when Aska scored on a lay-up to put the Racers on top 53-52. Murray State led by as many as four points on three occasions until the game was tied for the sixth and final time at 73-73 with 1:40 left. It was a (Robert) Murry free throw that tied the game at that point, and it was his second free throw that put the Eagles on top to stay. Morehead State finished the game on a 10-to-1 run.
The Eagles hit 46.3 percent (25-of-54) from the field to 45.1 percent (23-of-51) for the Racers. The winners won the rebound battle, 34-to-31, and had five fewer turnovers.
After taking a week off for final exams, Morehead State will travel to Normal, Ill., for a 2:05 p.m. CST (3:05 p.m. EST) game against Illinois State on Dec. 14.