Men's Basketball

Morehead runs away from Eastern Kentucky in OT, clinches OVC bye

RICHMOND — Senior night at Eastern Kentucky University ended up as senior night for Morehead State.

Seniors Kenneth Faried, Demonte Harper and Sam Goodman accounted for the first 10 of the Eagles' 14 points in overtime, lifting Morehead to a 76-68 victory before a near-capacity crowd of 5,450 in McBrayer Arena.

Coupled with Southeast Missouri's upset of Murray State, Morehead pulled into a tie for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with two league games to play.

The Eagles (20-8, 12-4 OVC) won their eighth game in a row and notched their third consecutive 20-win season. Morehead can finish no lower than fourth place in the OVC.

"It's very important," Coach Donnie Tyndall said after clinching at least one OVC Tournament bye, "especially in that we're playing seven guys."

EKU (15-12, 9-7) stands fifth, still hoping to earn a first-round bye.

The Colonels beat Morehead 59-49 on Jan. 22, snapping the Eagles' home-floor winning streak at 24.

Faried, 6-foot-8 and leading the nation in rebounds with a 14.2 average, scored four of his 23 points in overtime. He also grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked five shots.

"It feels good, exciting," Faried said. "EKU is our rival right down the road and they came in our place and beat us. ... We were even more focused this game, shootaround, everything else, because of what happened last time."

With 1,564 rebounds, Faried needs six to catch Tim Duncan for the NCAA modern-era (players who began college in 1973 or later) career record.

Harper, 6-4, had four of his 21 points in OT. He finished with 11 rebounds. He forced overtime with a drive through traffic with two seconds left but, after a timeout, missed a potential game-winning free throw.

Faried, frustrated on offense for most of the game against EKU last month, looked like a different player.

"He was just more efficient and more effective," EKU Coach Jeff Neubauer said. "He was attacking before our double-team even got there."

Harper didn't let his miss discourage him. After all, he did tie the game.

In overtime, he said his thoughts boiled down to "just stay poised; don't get overexcited."

Goodman, 6-2, came off the bench to score 13 points, including two in overtime.

Joshua Jones topped EKU with 24 points and four assists. Josh Daniel added 13 points.

Morehead led 37-32 early in the second half. But a three-pointer by Justin Stommes and back-to-back treys by Jones ignited a 20-7 run to give EKU a 52-44 lead.

Stommes drained a three-pointer with 2:06 left in regulation for a 62-57 lead.

Harper answered with a three just 26 seconds later.

Faried missed the front end of a one-and-one with 46 seconds left.

After EKU's Spencer Perrin missed a floater in the lane, Morehead took a timeout with 10.7 seconds left to set up Harper's tying basket.

In overtime, Harper opened the scoring with a power move.

Perrin tied things at 64, but Morehead scored back-to-back baskets on a Faried put-back and Goodman's rim-rattler from the right side. That was the start of a 12-2 knockout flurry.

"I don't think two teams, whether it's Duke and Carolina or Louisville and Kentucky, could play any harder than the two teams out there tonight," Tyndall said

OVC standings


Murray State 12-4 20-7

Morehead State 12-4 20-8

Austin Peay 11-5 17-11

Tennessee Tech 11-6 15-11

Eastern Kentucky 9-7 15-12

Tennessee State 8-8 11-15

SE Missouri State 6-10 8-19

UT Martin 5-11 10-18

Eastern Illinois 4-12 8-18

Jacksonville State 3-14 5-23

SIU Edwardsville 0-0 7-19

Wednesday's games

Morehead St. 76, E. Kentucky 68 (OT)

SE Missouri St. 64, Murray St. 57

Saturday's games

Austin Peay at Fairfield, 1

Morehead St. at Indiana St., 1:05

E. Kentucky at W. Carolina, 2

Bradley at UT Martin, 3

Delaware St. at Tennessee St., 4

Jacksonville St. at E. Michigan, 4:30

Eastern Illinois at Toledo, 7

Evansville at Murray St., 8

Sacramento St. at SE Mo. St., 8:30

Gardner-Webb at Tenn. Tech, 8:30

Sunday's game

SIU Edwardsville at S. Dakota, 2


MOREHEAD ST. (20-8) — Kelly 0-2 0-0 0, Faried 10-15 3-5 23, Hill 2-2 0-0 6, Proffitt 2-6 6-6 11, Harper 8-17 2-7 21, Austin 0-3 2-2 2, Goodman 6-10 0-0 13. Totals 28-55 13-20 76.

E. KENTUCKY (15-12) — Johnson 1-4 0-0 2, Perrin 5-11 0-0 11, Jo. Jones 7-15 5-5 24, Daniel 4-10 3-4 13, Stommes 4-9 0-0 12, Cruz 0-4 0-0 0, Newby 2-3 0-0 4, Ja. Jones 0-1 0-0 0, Allgood 1-2 0-0 2, Filipek 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-59 8-9 68. Halftime—Morehead St. 28-27. End of regulation—Tied 62. Three-point goals—Morehead St. 7-14 (Harper 3-4, Hill 2-2, Goodman 1-2, Proffitt 1-4, Austin 0-1, Kelly 0-1), E. Kentucky 12-29 (Jo. Jones 5-9, Stommes 4-8, Daniel 2-7, Perrin 1-2, Allgood 0-1, Johnson 0-2). Fouled out—Johnson. Rebounds—Morehead St. 42 (Faried 15), E. Kentucky 22 (Johnson, Stommes 4). Assists—Morehead St. 17 (Austin 5), E. Kentucky 14 (Jo. Jones 4). Total fouls—Morehead St. 14, E. Kentucky 17. A—5,450.