MOREHEAD, Ky. – The Morehead State men’s basketball team will be presented with their 2009 Ohio Valley Conference Championship rings Saturday. The ceremony will take place during halftime of the home football game against Butler.
“Coach Matt Ballard’s football team is playing well and off to a great start, so it’s an exciting opportunity for the men’s basketball team to be honored and receive our championship rings at halftime of a football game,” MSU men’s basketball coach Donnie Tyndall said. “The successes that we had last year on the basketball court were just one part of the overall accomplishments of Eagle athletics last season, which we can all be proud of.”
Last March the Eagles earned their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1984 with a 67-65 double overtime victory over Austin Peay in the OVC Conference Championship game in Nashville, Tenn. Morehead State also defeated UT-Martin (63-55) and Eastern Kentucky (91-72) to reach the finals.
Morehead State made its sixth appearance in the NCAA tournament, playing in the opening-round game against Alabama State, the Southwestern Athletic Conference Champions. MSU defeated the Hornets 58-43, never trailing ASU before an NCAA Opening Round record crowd of 11,346.
The Eagles advanced to play No. 1 seeded Louisville. MSU kept the game close, trailing 35-33 at halftime before the Cardinals pulled away to a 74-54 win, ending the Eagles NCAA Tournament run.
The Morehead State men’s basketball team tips off the 2009-10 season this fall in an exhibition game at home against Cedarville on Nov. 4. The Eagles open the regular season at Kentucky on Nov. 13.
Saturday’s Butler game is the Pioneer League opener for Eagle football. The family weekend game will kick off at 1 p.m. at Jayne Stadium.