Woods discouraged by Morehead's effort in 68-47 loss to EKU

broberts@herald-leader.comFebruary 9, 2013 

MOREHEAD — There weren't many positives for Morehead State Coach Sean Woods to take away from Saturday's drubbing at the hands of Eastern Kentucky.

The Eagles committed 17 turnovers, were outscored by 28 points in the paint, made shots at an abysmal rate and got beat on the boards by the worst rebounding team in the Ohio Valley Conference.

It all added up to 68-47 road victory for the Colonels.

"We just didn't come out and play well tonight," Woods said. "We didn't compete. It's just a very discouraging effort from our guys. Being at home, having a chance to play your rival and to just not compete is very disheartening to me.

"We've got to figure this thing out."

Junior guard Glenn Cosey led the Colonels (19-6, 8-3 OVC) with 17 points. He also tied a game high with six rebounds and added four assists and two steals.

Sophomore guard Angelo Warner (16 points) was the only Morehead State player to score more than 10.

It was the third straight loss for the Eagles (11-14, 5-6) and their worst defeat in conference play this season.

Turnovers — a problem for Morehead State all season — played a big part.

Eastern Kentucky scored 24 points off of Morehead miscues. The Eagles had just four points off 11 EKU turnovers.

"That's been our deal. We just turn the basketball over and teams capitalize off our turnovers," said Woods, whose Eagles hit their season average with the 17 turnovers.

Colonels Coach Jeff Neubauer was more than pleased with his team's performance.

"This is certainly our best defensive effort of the year," he said.

The Eagles managed just five field goals in the first half and shot 32.6 percent for the game. They finished with 14 made field goals — their lowest total of the season — and scored only 10 points in the paint.

Morehead's offense looked disjointed the entire game.

There were two out-of-bounds five-second violations. There was a shot clock violation. There were several alley-oop attempts that were nowhere close to finding the intended target.

"It was there, you've just got to make the pass. We just didn't make the pass," Woods said.

"We worked on it in practice — as far as seeing over the top for layups and backdoors — and we couldn't even execute that. We've got to get our guard play better. We're just struggling right now."

The Eagles had just eight assists, with no player tallying more than two.

And then there were those points off turnovers.

"The ones that we got, the deflections and steals that we got led to the easy baskets. (And) it really does change the basketball game," Neubauer said. "... That's one thing that's made our defense so effective."

Eastern Kentucky dominated the game despite the offensive struggles of leading scorer Mike DiNunno. The senior guard missed the previous game with what Neubauer would only call "an injury."

DiNunno came out cold Saturday night, missing all five field-goal attempts in the first half before finally draining a three-pointer at the 17:53 mark of the second half. He finished with eight points on 1-for-8 shooting.

While DiNunno struggled, Cosey picked up the slack in his fourth game back after missing the previous six with a finger injury. He has led the Colonels in scoring in three of four games since his return.

"I wanted to play every game," he said. "I was getting mad at the team doctor. I was mad at everybody."

Ben Roberts: (859) 231-3216. Twitter: @NextCats. Blog: ukrecruiting.bloginky.com

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