MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Morehead State men's basketball lit up the nets for 61 percent in the second half and 46 percent overall Thursday night, but the Eagles could not limit the visiting Belmont Bruins on their offensive end as the Eagles fell 80-67 at Johnson Arena.
The Eagles (12-16/6-9 OVC) hit 17 of their 28 shots in the final half, but the Bruins (20-7/12-3 OVC) were equally as en fuego. They hit 18 of 30 in the final half and shot 32 of 60 overall (53 percent).
Five Eagles scored in double figures, led by freshman forward Tyzhaun Claude with 14 points, his fifth straight double-figure game.
- MSU fell behind 16-9 with 13:01 left in the first half, but Walker's layup 30 seconds henceforth kick-started a 14-2 run. Claude hit a layup at 6:52 for a 23-18 lead.
- The home team also led 25-20 with 5:37 left in the opening half, but that's the last points MSU scored in the half. Belmont ended the half on a 14-0 run.
- Belmont proceeded to push ahead by as much as 14 (43-29) with 17:37 remaining.
- Morehead State put together a solid rally after that, however. A layup by Henson with 10:42 remaining had the Eagles back to within three (54-51). But, Belmont's Grayson Murphy dashed down to hit a layup which started a 13-2 run. Belmont pushed back ahead by 14 with 6:09 left.
- Henson registered his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a team-best 10 rebounds. This was his first D-D against a Division I foe.
- Walker scored 10 tonight and moved to No. 14 on Morehead State's career scoring chart. His 1,442 points surpassed former Eagle Demonte Harper (2007-11).
- Junior forward James Baker netted 12 points tonight after scoring 16 in the earlier meeting with Belmont. He also had a blocked shot to give him exactly 100 blocked shots now for his career.
- Freshman guard Ta'lon Cooper had a team-best six assists and no turnovers in a career-most 34 minutes.
- The Eagles out-rebounded Belmont 32-30.
- Belmont hit 10 three-pointers, while the hosts nailed seven.
- Murphy led Belmont with a near triple double (16 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists).
QUOTING COACH SPRADLIN
"I thought we did a better job of our execution and moving the ball. You just have to give Belmont credit. They are a really hard team to play against, and they make you pay for nearly every mistake you make. We lead the league in fewest turnovers but we have to own that. Tonight we made 17 turnovers and they scored 17 points off our mistakes."
"When (Belmont) Nick Musyznski went out it changed the game. It put us at an advantage on the offensive end down low but it put us at a disadvantage on the defensive end."
"Our communication just wasn't what it needed to be tonight. Communication is a two-way street. Sometimes we still talk on the floor to each other, but like I said, Belmont makes you pay for all your mistakes, and that goes for defending them as well. We just found ourselves chasing them too much."
"It was so nice again to have a great community crowd and student-athlete crowd tonight. We need everyone back here on Saturday as we make it all about Jordan and Djimon."