Morehead State's men's basketball team claimed a crucial Ohio Valley Conference victory Saturday, fending off Tennessee State 66-63.
The Eagles, who improved to 7-9 in the league, are still in the hunt for an OVC Tournament berth as they avenged an earlier loss to the Tigers (16-13/8-8 OVC).
It was Senior Day for guards Jordan Walker and Djimon Henson, but it was a junior who stole the show. Forward James Baker scored a career-high 21 points, including 17 in the first half. Baker also corralled a season-best nine rebounds.
Henson added 14 points, while freshman point guard Ta'lon Cooper played a career-high 37 minutes and totaled 11 points, career-best eight assists and had just one turnover.
MSU wrapped up its home schedule today with just two regular season games left. The first comes at OVC leader Austin Peay Thursday at 9 p.m. ET.
- Baker capped a 7-0 run to give his team a 19-16 first-half lead with 12:20 remaining.
- Henson's three-ball with 2:03 left in the opening half made it a 33-32 Eagle advantage.
- TSU led 39-37 at the half, after Baker canned a long two-ball with less than 10 seconds left.
- TSU pushed ahead 45-37 with 16:56 left in the game, but a 7-0 run that included a three-pointer by sophomore guard Malik Riddle, pulled MSU back to within 45-44.
- With TSU leading 53-51 with 9:27 left, the Eagles held the Tigers to just one field goal in the next eight minutes.
- Freshman Tyzhaun Claude's amazing reverse put-back dunk with 1:46 left pushed the Eagles ahead 62-55.
- Michael Littlejohn missed what would have been a game-tying three-pointer as the final went off.
- Baker was 8-of-12 from the field.
- Morehead State limited TSU to just 35 percent (10-of-29) shooting in the final half after allowing 58 percent (18-of-31) in the first 20 minutes.
- MSU outscored the Tigers 12-1 at the free throw line. TSU only attempted three free throws and had eight more fouls than the Eagles.
- For the first time in three seasons, Walker did not attempt a field goal. He did, however, hit the Eagles final point on a free throw with nine seconds left.
- MSU tallied nine blocked shots.