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Best shooting in 11 Years lifts Eagles past Chattanooga

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (WYMT) -- The Morehead State men's basketball team posted its highest field-goal percentage in 11 years en route to an 88-75 victory over Chattanooga on Thursday afternoon at Orleans Arena.

The Eagles drilled 72 percent from the floor (34-of-47), including 83 percent (19-of-23) after halftime. MSU's game percentage was its best since canning a school-record 74 percent on Nov. 30, 2002.

Morehead State, which plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, improves to 6-2 overall. Chattanooga, which competes in the Southern Conference slips to 2-5 on the year. The Thanksgiving Day meeting was the first ever between Morehead State and Chattanooga.

The contest was part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational, which also includes UCLA, Missouri, Northwestern, Nevada, IUPUI and Gardner-Webb. The Eagles will face Gardner-Webb in the finale of their 10-day West Coast swing on Friday at 6 p.m. ET.

"I thought our young men showed good energy throughout the game," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "Our goal was to attack the rim, and we did. We moved the ball pretty well, and we made lay-ups. It's hard to lose when you shoot the percentage we did today."

Junior Angelo Warner led the Eagles with 22 points, while junior Billy Reader chipped in with 21, junior Kareem Storey tallied 16 and senior Chad Posthumus recorded 11. The scoring performances for Reader and Storey were their best in eight games at Morehead State.

Warner canned 10-of-12 from the field, while Reader knocked down 9-of-11 and Storey swished 6-of-7. The Eagles also drilled 72 percent from the free-throw line (18-of-25).

"Angelo does so many things well for us, and he showed great leadership today," Woods said. "Billy also came up big in this game. Our team will continue to have success if Billy and Drew (Kelly) give us something. Both were pretty efficient with their minutes today."

Morehead State registered a 29-22 rebounding advantage. The Eagles have yet to be outrebounded in eight contests this season. MSU also managed the upper hand in paint points (58-24), fast-break points (12-4), bench points (25-18), steals (9-6) and blocked shots (2-0).

"We rebounded the ball well today," Woods said. "We haven't been outrebounded in eight games this season, and I would like to that streak continue. The goal is to create extra opportunities on the offensive end and limit the opponent to one shot on the defensive end."

Morehead State controlled the game throughout and opened up its biggest lead of 21 points with 5:24 to play. Chattanooga's largest advantage of two points came just 93 seconds in.

Senior Z. Mason led the Mocs with a game-best 23 points on 8-of-10 from the floor and six rebounds. Chattanooga sophomore Gee McGhee was credited with a game-high five assists.

Morehead State continues to build on its school-record win total in November. In 84 previous years, the Eagles had never won five games in the season's first month. MSU has already secured six victories with a chance at one more before it leaves Las Vegas on Saturday.

"Happy Thanksgiving to all of our fans back in Morehead," Woods added. "We will have to play well against Gardner-Webb tomorrow (Friday), but the expectation is to come home with a 7-2 record. This has been a long road trip, and we're ready to get back to town."

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