Morehead Still Atop the OVC

MOREHEAD, Ky. - Maze Stallworth scored a game-high 20 points and Kenneth Faried had his 16th double-double of the season with 16 points and 13 rebounds to lead Morehead State to a 64-48 Ohio Valley Conference win over Eastern Illinois Thursday evening in Morehead.
MSU (15-11, 11-3 OVC) remained in first place in the OVC with the victory. The Eagles also got 11 points from Demonte Harper.

Stallworth hit six-of-10 three-pointers and both of his free throw attempts. Faried his six-of-12 field goals and also had two assists, two blocked shots and a steal.

"I thought our kids played extremely hard tonight," said MSU Coach Donnie Tyndall. "We did a good job of defending.

"Offensively, our team was very unselfish. A good ratio of assists-to-baskets is an assist for every two. Tonight, we had 23 field goals on 20 assists. We had 10 turnovers, and when our team plays with 12 or fewer turnovers, we have a chance to beat just about anybody."

Eastern Illinois (11-13, 8-6 OVC) was led by Tyler Laser who scored 17 points. The sophomore guard hit his first six field goal attempts and finished the game seven-of-nine.

The Eagles led by 12 points, 36-24, at halftime and by as many as 20 points after intermission. The Panthers cut the MSU lead to eight points early in the half, but could get no closer, and trailed by double digits for the final 13 minutes of the game.

MSU will play its final regular season home game on Saturday (Feb. 14) when Southeast Missouri visits Johnson Arena for an OVC doubleheader. The women's game will tip off at 2 p.m. EST, the men's game at 4:15 p.m.