Men's Basketball

Seniors lead Morehead women past EKU 68-58

MOREHEAD — Courtney Lumpkin scored 27 points and Linda Dixon had 22 Saturday to propel Morehead State to a 68-58 victory over Eastern Kentucky.

The Lady Eagles (7-10, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference) also got four points, 14 rebounds and six assists from junior Ashar Harris.

The seniors, Lumpkin and Dixon, combined for seven assists.

Lumpkin had four of those, bringing her career total to 452. She is the second player in program history to score at least 1,000 points and reach 450 assists. Kelly Stamper (1985-89) was the first.

Both teams came out ice cold before Lumpkin broke a 4-4 tie by personally outscoring the Lady Colonels 8-0.

EKU caught up on Jade Barber's fast-break basket to tie at 17, but Morehead scored 14 of the next 20 points to lead 31-23 at halftime.

Eastern made another run in the second half, pulling to within 41-40 with 11:52 left.

After trading buckets, Morehead put the game away with a 15-3 flurry.

Dixon hit a pair of three-pointers, Lumpkin had two field goals and a free throw, while Mackenzie Arledge and Casey Ryans added a basket each.

"We knew they would make their run. That's what rivalry games are all about," Eagles Coach Tom Hodges said.

"They came out and fought very hard to cut it to 41-40. Then we answered tremendously, led by our two seniors. Linda Dixon and Courtney Lumpkin just really pulled us through tonight, gave unbelievable effort. Ashar Harris doesn't have a great offensive night, but 14 rebounds. Could not have won the game without her 14 rebounds."

Morehead now leads the all-time series 41-40.

Barber and Carla Booth led EKU (8-8, 4-2) with 14 points each.