Men's Basketball

Eagles blow out Govs, take over first place

MOREHEAD — The long-range accuracy of Maze Stallworth, another double-double by Kenneth Faried and solid contributions by their teammates led Morehead State into first place by itself in the Ohio Valley Conference.

Tied with Austin Peay at 8-2, the Eagles routed the Governors 81-63 before a raucous crowd of 4,115 at Johnson Arena Saturday to sweep the regular-season series.

Five three-pointers from Stallworth helped the Eagles open a 42-29 halftime lead. He had 17 points at the break.

Faried dominated the middle, and three other Eagles scored in double figures. Brandon Shingles had one field goal, but his six assists led everyone.

Morehead Coach Donnie Tyndall was most pleased with an Eagles' defense that limited high-scoring Austin Peay (77 points a game) to 63. The Governors shot 34.4 percent and 11.1 percent beyond the arc.

"Our defense was outstanding," Tyndall said. "The key was Wes Channels. He was fantastic the last few weeks, but our guys did a good job on him."

Channels had 30 points in the first meeting but was held to eight points and 2-for-14 shooting from the field.

Morehead burst out to an 11-4 lead after five minutes, including a 6-0 run featuring Stallworth's first trey.

The Governors caught up and passed the Eagles with a 7-0 run midway through the half, leading 19-17. Stallworth's second trey put Morehead on top, and the lead changed hands six times in the next three minutes.

Stallworth's third trey gave Morehead a 28-27 lead and started a 13-0 outburst and a 17-2 run to the intermission.

"It was players making plays, finding the right guys at the right time," said Stallworth, whose 22 points led the Eagles (13-10). "Tonight was a great night."

"Austin Peay beat us twice last year, and we wanted to get them back," Faried said. "We were unselfish and worked inside and out."

Morehead shot 56 percent for the half, 50 percent behind the arc. The Eagles finished 55.8 percent, 52.6 percent behind the arc.

The Govs shot 35.5 percent, 18.2 percent from long range in the first half. They were blanked in the second half behind the line.

Faried had 16 points and 10 boards. Robert Murry scored 13 points. Leon Buchanan and Demonte Harper had 12 each. Murry also had five assists and Harper four.

Drake Reed had 20 points for the Govs. He was their only player in double figures.

The Eagles won 84-74 Jan. 3 at Clarksville, Tenn.