VESTAL, N.Y. -- Senior Terrance Hill scored 21 points and the Morehead State men’s basketball team forced 21 turnovers in a 64-45 win over Binghamton on Monday night at BU’s Events Center.
The Eagles improve to 5-7 overall with the victory, while the Bearcats slip to 0-9 on the season. MSU has now won both meetings in the all-time series against Binghamton.
Morehead State posted a 31-19 scoring advantage in the second half by forcing 12 BU turnovers and limiting the home team to just 29 percent from the field (6-of-21).
“Our press wore Binghamton down and it helped us force 21 turnovers,” Morehead State Head Coach Donnie Tyndall said. “I was also pleased with our half-court defense. Binghamton has a few guys who can knock down shots, but we were there on the catch and we didn’t let them dribble by us.”
Hill tallied his ninth double-figure scoring effort of the campaign on 6-of-11 from the field, 4-of-6 from three-point land and 5-of-5 from the free-throw line. He also registered a team-best four steals, three rebounds and two assists in just 23 minutes.
Junior Marsell Holden recorded 10 points for the Eagles on 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. Junior Milton Chavis contributed eight points, while junior Kahlil Owens and freshman Will Bailey added six apiece.
Owens also pulled down a team-high six rebounds and came up with both of MSU’s blocked shots.
“I thought we had six or seven really good practices this past week, and that carried over to tonight’s game,” Tyndall said. “There’s no doubt in my mind that, if you practice well, you will play well.”
Morehead State used all 14 of its players en route to a 23-5 scoring advantage off the bench.
The Eagles knocked down 47 percent from the field (21-of-45), while limiting the Bearcats to a 37 percent clip (16-of-43). MSU also connected on 40 percent from long range (8-of-20), while holding BU to just 13 percent (2-of-15).
Both teams shot above their season average at the free-throw line. Morehead State drilled 88 percent (12-of-15), while Binghamton swished 92 percent (11-of-12).
Freshman Ben Dickinson led the Bearcats with 12 points, four rebounds and four assists, while sophomore Robert Mansell added 11 points and a pair of steals.
Morehead State returns to Johnson Arena on Friday when it hosts Mid-American Conference opponent Ball State at 6 p.m. ET. Fans who purchase a ticket to Friday’s game will receive a free ticket to MSU’s Dec. 31 home doubleheader against Ohio Valley Conference foe Austin Peay.
“The Ball State game will be another big test for us,” Tyndall added. “Ball State was picked to win their side of the MAC, and they’ve already beaten a very good Butler team. We are very proud of our fan base back in Morehead and we need everyone to be at Johnson Arena on Friday night.”