Morehead State wins Tuesday matinee special 85-57 over KCU

MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team used the support of more than 2,500 local elementary and middle-school children to defeat Kentucky Christian 85-57 on Tuesday afternoon at Johnson Arena.

The victory, following a 10-day layoff from game action, improved the Eagles to 3-6 overall.

After a somewhat sluggish start to the first half, Morehead State ultimately showed signs that it was the better club. The Eagles extended what was only a five-point game with 4:40 to go in the first to an 11-point halftime lead, 39-28.

Morehead State continued to build onto its lead with a run of 10 unanswered points in a little more than two minutes midway through the second half, turning a 13-point lead into a 23-point advantage.

"We're learning that we just have to play hard all the time," said head coach Preston Spradlin. "We had a tremendous week of practice with the enthusiasm and focus ramped up."

Each of the 11 players who saw the floor got into the scoring column for the Eagles.

Junior forward Londell King, who dropped in a career-best 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting while also hauling in seven rebounds, led the way. King was seconded by sophomore guard Jordan Walker with 14 points and junior guard A.J. Hicks with 11.

Next up, Morehead State will host Central Arkansas on Sunday at 2 p.m. ET in the friendly confines of Johnson Arena. The Bears defeated the Eagles in an 82-78 shootout in Conway, Ark. back on Nov. 27.

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