Morehead Routs Austin Peay, Takes Over 1st Place in OVC

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Five Morehead State Eagles scored in double figures led by Maze Stallworth with 22 points as MSU defeated Austin Peay, 81-63, Saturday (Jan. 31) evening, and in doing so, took sole possession of first place in the Ohio Valley Conference standings.

Morehead State (13-10, 9-2 OVC) also got 16 points from Kenneth Faried, 13 points from Robert Murry and 12 points each from Demonte Harper and Leon Buchanan. Faried also pulled down 10 rebounds and picked up his 13th double-double of the season.

MSU has now won four in a row and seven of its last eight.

Austin Peay (12-9, 8-3 OVC) was led by Drake Reed who scored 20 points and grabbed a team-high six rebounds.

The Eagles went on an 18-to-five run to end the half and led by 13 points, 42-29. They extended their lead to as many as 24 points after intermission. MSU shot a red-hot 55.8 percent (24-of-43) from the field compared to only 34.4 percent (21-of-61) for the Governors.

MSU won the rebound battle, 39-to-27, but did commit 21 turnovers to only eight for APSU.

"It's fun and exciting to be in first place, and what is really exciting is to have had the support we've gotten from our community, our students, all of our fans the last few games," said MSU Coach Donnie Tyndall. "That's what good college basketball is all about. But, we know we have a lot of basketball left to be played.

"Maze was a big part of the run that ended the first half, hitting a couple of his three-pointers. Kenneth had a big dunk that got the crowd into it. And, Leon had a big basket. Our kids played had in limiting a team that is as good offensively as Austin Peay to only 34 percent shooting and only two-of-18 from behind the arc."

The Eagles now go on the road for two league games. They take on Jacksonville State on Thursday (Feb. 5) and Tennessee Tech on Saturday (Feb. 7). Both games tip off at 8:30 p.m. EST.