Morehead State fell in the final minutes during their thrilling road matchup against Belmont. 

The Eagles led the Bruines throughout the entire game and held a five-point lead with five minutes left in play. MSU’s lead was taken over in the final two minutes of play and brought the game to a one-point margin until Grayson Murphy, Belmont’s senior guard, made a layup which left five seconds left on the game clock and the Bruines with the lead.

MSU’s last play involved Ta’lon Cooper and Jake Wolfe driving the ball down the court. Wolfe, who had 8 points and 2 rebounds, took control of the ball and went for a last-second shot that just bounced off the rim as time expired making the final score 48-47. 

Despite the loss, the Eagles managed to hold Belmont’s high-powered offense to only 31%.

Johni Broome, the leading scorer, finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds for his eighteenth double-double of the season. He also finished the game with six blocks, which tied his season-high, giving him 105 blocks on the season, just ten short of the single-season record in MSU’s history.

The Eagles are now 19-7 overall and 11-2 in conference play and sit tied for second place against Belmont in the conference standings.

MSU will play against conference-leading Murray State on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Johnson Arena. The matchup will be the final stand-off against the Racers before the Ohio Valley Conference tournament in early March.