Morehead State men beat Wright State 74-69

mmaloney@herald-leader.comDecember 2, 2013 

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MOREHEAD — With long-range shooting out of whack Monday night, Morehead State found another way to come up big.

The Eagles looked inside to big men Chad Posthumus, Billy Reader and Drew Kelly en route to a 74-69 non-conference win over Wright State.

Coach Sean Woods said that if you had told him before the game his team would go 1-for-16 from three-point range, he would have said his Eagles would have a hard time winning.

They did have a hard time, but win they did, even though Wright State shot 8-for-21 from long distance.

"We didn't give them a lot of threes. Their threes weren't as devastating as it could be," Woods said. "... We kept them at bay but were solid. And we got them in foul trouble, and most of their big-time scorers were on the bench with fouls."

The Eagles took advantage of the fouls, sinking 23 of 32 free throws to Wright State's 7 of 15.

Posthumus, a 6-foot-11 senior, had 13 points and 12 rebounds, his fifth double-double of the season. Reader, a 6-10 junior, added 14 points and four boards. Kelly, a 6-6 senior, had five points and four rebounds.

Angelo Warner, 0-for-4 from three-point range, nevertheless led Morehead with 19 points, adding seven rebounds, eight assists and four steals.

"Tonight it was a 'bigs' night," said Warner, a 6-2 junior guard. "Wright State, that's a heck of a ball club. But give credit to our big men. They ... stepped up and just took it to them, and they did what they had to."

Morehead outscored the Raiders 44-30 in the paint. The Eagles, who have yet to be outrebounded this season, won that category 39-27.

J.T. Yoho, making four of seven three-point attempts, led Wright State with 18 points. Miles Dixon added 16.

The Raiders (5-4) led 30-21 late in the first half.

But Morehead closed the half with an 8-0 run and scored the first basket of the second half to take a 31-30 lead.

"We sped them up," Woods said. "We went to our press, our run-and-jump, and that kind of spooked them a little bit and got our juices flowing."

Wright State had more good reason to be spooked, thanks to foul troubles.

"It hurt us that we had Cole Darling, A.J. Pacher and Jerran Young on the bench the last three minutes of the first half, all with two fouls, with a nine-point lead," Raiders Coach Billy Donlon said. "But we have to be better. Can't turn the ball over. Credit Morehead for making a run to close out the first half."

Tied at 39, Morehead used an 11-0 run to take the lead for good. Warner, who finished 9-for-11 at the free-throw line, hit two free throws and a driving basket during the rally. Reader and Posthumus added a bucket apiece, and Kareem Storey converted a three-point play.

"Credit Morehead," Donlon said. "Second half, they just — points in the paint — just took it right two us. And we shot four of our 10 free throws in the second half in the first three minutes and went 0-for-4. ... When you're not scoring and they're scoring, you need to make your free throws to open the half."

Wright State pulled to within 69-67 on a Pacher putback, but couldn't catch the Eagles.

Storey made one of two free throws with 1:45 left, and Reader threw down a dunk when Morehead beat the press with 24 seconds left.

"Every game's not going to be pretty, but we've got guys that will grind it out and make plays when they need to be made," Woods said. "And that's the sign of a good basketball team."

■ Morehead's Bakari Turner was on crutches due to a knee injury suffered last week.


Wednesday

Morehead State at Southern Mississippi

When: 8 p.m.

Mark Maloney: (859) 231-3229. Twitter: @markmaloneyhl. Blog: markmaloney.bloginky.com.

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