MOREHEAD, Ky. – Host Morehead State shot 53.5 percent from the field to hold off the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team Saturday night in Johnson Arena, 68-64. The Colonels finish the first half of the OVC schedule 11-9 overall and 4-5 in league play.
Senior Mike Rose paced the Colonels with 22 points, marking the 12th time this season the guard has reached the 20-point plateau. Sophomore Justin Stommes added 10 points while freshman Jorge Camacho came off the bench to tally 15 points and a team-high seven rebounds.
For the Eagles (11-10, 7-2 OVC), Kenneth Faried recorded his 12th double-double with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Maze Stallworth led Morehead State with 18 points thanks to going 6-for-10 (60 percent) from three-point range.
The first half featured four ties and seven lead changes. Eastern Kentucky built its biggest lead of the game following a Rose three-pointer to make the score, 16-11. Terrance Hill’s lone three-pointer gave Morehead State its first edge at 20-18.
A Faried dunk with five seconds left in the first half gave the Eagles a slight 33-32 lead going into intermission. Morehead State outrebounded EKU by 13 boards in the opening 20 minutes, 20-7. Meanwhile, the Colonels scored 12 points off 11 Eagle turnovers.
Stommes’ first trifecta with 8:42 remaining evened the score for the seventh time at 52-all. From there, Morehead State scored eight straight points and would not trail the rest of the way.
Eastern Kentucky continued to fight and closed the gap to two points with one minute remaining following a pair of Rose free throws. Morehead State missed on its next possession, but Camacho made just 1-of-2 free throws with 10 ticks left to cut the deficit to one, 65-64.
After Morehead State’s Brandon Shingles netted two free throws to put the Eagles back up by three with eight seconds remaining, Eastern Kentucky called time-out to set up one final play at mid-court. The Colonels never got off a shot as Morehead State tipped away the inbounds pass and converted another free throw to seal the win.
The Eagles have now won three in a row in the series and improved to 5-0 at home against OVC competition.
The Colonels return home to face Austin Peay on Tuesday, Jan. 27. Game time is set for 7:30 p.m.