JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. - Leon Buchanan scored 23 points Maze Stallworth added 22 points to lead Morehead State to a 71-61 win at East Tennessee on Tuesday (Dec. 30).
"I looked up in the second half, and we were down eight or nine points," said MSU Coach Donnie Tyndall. "Then, Derrick Echols took a big charge, and I challenged our team during a timeout, and those things got us started. Our veterans, Leon, Maze and Kenneth stepped up, and that was promising to see."
MSU, now 5-8 on the season, also got 12 points from Demonte Harper. Faried had 17 rebounds and three blocked shots, and Buchanan had 10 rebounds.
ETSU, now 8-4, got 23 points from Courtney Pigram and 21 points from Kevin Tiggs.
After trailing much of the first half, ETSU rallied at the end of the period to take a 33-29 lead at intermission. Tiggs hit all five of his field goal attempts and scored 12 points to lead the Bucs in the first 20 minutes. MSU's Buchanan had 15 points to lead all scorers in the first half.
ETSU built its lead to nine points early in the second half only to see the Eagles go on a 17-4 run to go up by four points. That set the stage for several ties and lead changes before MSU spurted out to a comfortable lead and made its free throws down the stretch.
The Eagles return to Ohio Valley Conference play when they begin a two-game league road trip on Saturday (Jan. 3) at Austin Peay. Tip off at the Dunn Center in Clarksville, Tenn., is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. EST. The road trip will conclude with an 8:30 p.m. EST game in Nashville against Tennessee State on Monday (Jan. 5).