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Morehead State’s upbeat second half leads to 25-point victory over KCU

Morehead State men’s basketball shot 51 percent in the second half
Morehead State men’s basketball shot 51 percent in the second half
Morehead State men’s basketball shot 51 percent in the second half(Morehead State, Jim Cundiff)
Published: Nov. 15, 2021 at 10:00 PM EST
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MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State men’s basketball shot 51 percent in the second half and shook off visiting Kentucky Christian Monday in the 2021-22 home opener as the Eagles outscored the Knights by 17 in the final 20-minute span to win 82-57. The Eagles (1-2) had significant advantages in points in the paint (54-32), rebounds (53-29), second-chance points (27-2), and points off turnovers (23-10) as they improved to 10-0 all-time against the NAIA school from 35 miles east. Second-year big man

Johni Broome posted his second consecutive double-double and 15th of his career with 14 points and a career-high 15 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Broome registered 10 points, ten rebounds, and all five of his career-high five blocked shots in the second half. The Eagles also got a double-digit effort of 12 points off the bench from third-year man.

Tyzhaun Claude, who missed the entire 2020-21 campaign with an injury. Claude, who hit five of his six shots, also had five rebounds and two rejections. Grad transfer

Tray Hollowell notched his second straight 10-point output as all 11 Eagles who dressed saw action.MSU struggled to shake the Knights in the first half, hitting only 36 percent and going 4-of-17 from three-point range as they finally took a 37-29 lead into the locker room. Sophomore guard

Ta’lon Cooper hit only three shots tonight but distributed a season-high six assists. The Eagles’ momentum picked up in the final half, eventually taking as much as a 27-point lead with 5:15 remaining after Claude’s layup. While MSU did make 15 turnovers, the Eagles did force 22 mistakes from KCU.KCU was led by Kourtney Ware, who had a game-high 24 points off the bench.