MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Freshman David Nyarsuk recorded 19 points and 14 rebounds to help NAIA powerhouse Mountain State post an 84-69 victory over Morehead State in men’s basketball exhibition action on Thursday evening at Johnson Arena.
Nyarsuk, a 7-foot-1 center from Sudan, tallied 15 points in the second half alone to help Mountain State open up a 19-point advantage with 5:51 remaining. He knocked down 7-of-12 from the floor and 5-of-7 from the free-throw line en route to the game-high scoring total.
Junior Devon Peterson (16), junior Isaiah Hill (15), senior Cam Miller (12) and senior Mark Williams (12) also reached the 10-point plateau for the team from Beckley, W.Va., which went 33-4 a season ago and is ranked #2 in the NAIA’s national preseason poll.
Morehead State, which won the 2011 Ohio Valley Conference Tournament and upset Louisville in the NCAA Tournament, never led in Thursday’s affair. The Eagles trimmed the deficit to six points with 17:01 to play, but the Cougars responded with a 28-15 run to put the game away.
Senior Terrance Hill led the Eagles with 19 points on 8-of-22 from the field. Junior Milton Chavis added 15 points in his Morehead State debut, while sophomore Drew Kelly contributed 13 points.
Mountain State knocked down 52 percent of its shots from the floor (29-for-56), while Morehead State was limited to 37 percent from the field (25-for-67). The Cougars also posted advantages of +19 in rebounding (47-28) and +14 in paint points (40-26).
Morehead State wraps up its two-game exhibition slate on Wednesday when St. Catharine (Ky.) comes to Johnson Arena for a 7 p.m. ET contest. The Eagles kick off their regular-season schedule on Nov. 13 at North Carolina State.