MOREHEAD, Ky. – In the 2009 OVC tournament quarterfinals, host Morehead State defeated the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team, 91-72. The No. 4 Eagles (17-15) advance to the tournament semifinals to face No. 1 UT Martin while the No. 5 Colonels end their year at 18-13 overall.
Senior Mike Rose played his final game in a Colonel jersey and posted 12 points to go along with five assists. Rose finishes his EKU career with 1,763 points, good enough for second on the program’s all-time scoring list.
Junior Josh Taylor led Eastern with a career-high 26 points thanks to netting 6-of-10 three-pointers. Meanwhile, junior Papa Oppong added 12 points.
Morehead State tallied season highs in three-pointers made (12) and three-point field goal percentage (54.5 percent). Maze Stallworth made five trifectas on his way to a team-high 21 points. Kenneth Faried posted his 21st double-double with 15 points and 17 rebounds. Faried’s 17 rebounds were more than the entire total for EKU (17 rebounds) as Morehead State had a plus-29 rebounding margin, 45-16.
The first half was close throughout until the Eagles reeled off the final 12 points of the half to take a 44-30 lead into halftime.
Morehead State extended its cushion to 16 points early in the second stanza, but Eastern rallied back to take the lead behind its three-point shooting. Back-to-back trifectas from Oppong cut the deficit to six points with 14:48 left, 53-47. Threes from Taylor and Rose kept the Colonels within five points before back-to-back three-pointers by freshman Joshua Jones put EKU on top with 10:54 remaining, 59-58.
From there, the Eagles responded with 16 straight points to take control of the game. Two consecutive threes from Demonte Harper gave MSU a double-digit lead again with 7:59 showing on the clock, 70-59. Leon Buchanan finished the run with a dunk to make the score, 74-59. Eastern Kentucky would not challenge the rest of the way.
The Colonels played the game without two of their normal starters. Senior Ryan Wiersma injured his knee at Murray State on Saturday and did not dress. Jones was limited to 13 minutes due to an illness and hip injury.