MARTIN, Tenn. - Morehead State sophomore Kenneth Faried recorded his 20th double-double of the season Saturday night at UT Martin, but the Skyhawks' Lester Hudson and Marquis Weddle combined for 57 points and 11 three-pointers to lead UTM to a 79-65 win over the Eagles. The Skyhawks claimed the OVC regular title with the win and the first seed in the upcoming OVC Tournament. MSU dropped its fourth straight game, falling to 16-15 overall and finishing 12-6 in the OVC race.
Morehead State had already clinched at least a top four seed and a host role in the OVC Tournament first round. The Eagles will play an opponent to be determined on Tuesday 25 minutes after the conclusion of the MSU's women's 5:30 p.m. first round game at Johnson Arena.
"I want to congratulate coach Bret Campbell and his team for their outstanding accomplishment this season," said MSU head coach Donnie Tyndall. "We just couldn't contain Hudson and Weddle."
"Now we've got to turn our attention to Tuesday night and the OVC Tournament first round. We need a huge crowd, students and folks in the community, to be on hand to support both teams."
Weddle was 8-of-14 from three-point range for 30 points, while Hudson tallied 27 points. The pair combined to take 50 of the Skyhawks' 63 total shots.
Faried led the Eagles with 14 points and grabbed 15 rebounds. The Eagles also had three other players in double figures. Senior Leon Buchanan totaled 13 points and seven rebounds. Maze Stallworth tallied 12 points, and Brandon Shingles notched 10.
MSU out-rebounded UTM 41-38 and hit 41 percent from the field, but Weddle and Hudson were too tough, and the Eagles only hit 5-of-21 from distance. MSU also hit only 10-of-18 free throws and turned the ball over 17 times. UTM shot 40 percent.