NASHVILLE — Kenneth Faried scored 22 points and grabbed 17 rebounds to lead Morehead State to a 63-55 upset over top-seeded Tennessee-Martin in the semifinals of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament on Friday night.
Maze Stallworth added 13 points for the Eagles (18-15), who will play the winner of the Austin Peay-Murray State game for the title on Saturday.
Morehead State outrebounded the Skyhawks 40-27, including 18-11 on the offensive glass to score 18 second-chance points.
OVC Player of the Year Lester Hudson scored 34 and had 10 rebounds for Tennessee-Martin (22-9).
Trailing 30-24 at halftime, the Skyhawks pulled to within one point after a 13-4 run, sparked by two three from Hudson.
Morehead scored the next seven to make it 48-40, but the Skyhawks would make one final run to get within 53-49 before the Eagles scored 10 of the final 16 points.
A win Saturday would give Morehead State its first trip to the NCAA Tournament since 1984.
Austin Peay 90, Murray State 85: Austin Peay, the tournament's No. 5 seed, upset the No. 1 seed Racers to move on to the conference finals.
Senior April Thomas scored a career-high 25 points, going 11-for-15 from the field. Junior Nicole Jamen added 20 points.
All five of Austin Peay's starters reached double figures to outpace a tough Racers' trio of Amber Guffey, Paige Guffey and Ashley Hayes.
Amber Guffey led all scorers with 35 points, going 16-for-25 from the field. Hayes added 28 points and grabbed a game-high eight rebounds. Paige Guffey chipped in 16 points. The Guffeys, senior twins, played their high school basketball at Clinton County.
Eastern Illinois 64, Tennessee State 48: Rachel Galligan, Megan Edwards and Ashley Thomas combined to score 52 points in the Panthers semifinals victory.
Galligan led all scorers with 25 points on 9-for-16 shooting, scoring 19 points in the second half. Edwards finished with 15 points and seven assists in 38 minutes. Thomas added 12 points in 26 minutes off the bench, posting her second-highest scoring total of the season.