Morehead St. Suits Up For South Dakota

Contributor: Alex Risen
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Updated: 12/18/2013 9:34 pm
MOREHEAD, Ky. -- The Morehead State men's basketball team continues non-conference action on Thursday when it entertains Summit League opponent South Dakota. Tip-off from Johnson Arena is set for 7 p.m. ET.

The Eagles are 7-5 overall and 3-1 at home, while the Coyotes are 3-7 overall and 1-5 on the road. South Dakota has won back-to-back meetings against Morehead State and owns a 3-1 advantage in the all-time series.

Reserved seats are $14, while general-admission tickets are $8 and children 12-and-under are just $3. MSU students are admitted free with a valid student ID. Tickets can be purchased by clicking here. Parking is $5 per vehicle.

Morehead State will be holding a canned food drive in conjunction with Thursday's contest. Fans will receive $1 off general-admission tickets for each can they donate. All items will be sent to the Christian Social Services in Morehead.


Ways to follow the game:

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The game will be webcast free of charge on OVCDigitalNetwork.com. It will also be broadcast on WIVY-96.3 FM in Morehead, MSUEagles.com (computers) and m.Morehead.EZStream.com (mobile devices). Chuck Mraz will call the play-by-play, while Jason Blanton serves as the analyst.


Releases and pre-game information:

MOREHEAD STATE | SOUTH DAKOTA | OHIO VALLEY CONFERENCE


Ten notes heading into the contest:

SHOWING IMPROVEMENT
Morehead State (7-5) is two wins better than its record through 12 games a season ago. The 2012-13 Eagles were 5-7 after 12 contests, 5-8 after 13 tilts and finished with a 7-10 record in non-conference action. MSU has three more non-league games remaining.

A THOROUGH GLASS CLEANING
Morehead State has managed advantages of 477-367 in total rebounds (+9.2 pg), 193-109 in offensive rebounds (+7.0 pg) and 184-105 in second-chance points (+6.6 pg). The Eagles have not been outrebounded in 12 contests this season. MSU also leads the Ohio Valley Conference in rebounding margin.

YOU TURN IT OVER, WE SCORE
Morehead State is +4 in turnover margin (204-208) through 12 contests this season. The Eagles have also tallied a 224-181 upper hand in points off turnovers. MSU forced 17.2 turnovers per game last year (third in the Ohio Valley Conference) and is forcing 17.3 per contest this season (second in the OVC).

LIVING AT THE CHARITY STRIPE
Morehead State leads the Ohio Valley Conference and ranks fourth in the nation with 365 free-throw attempts this season. The Eagles, however, rank 11th in the league and 301st in the country with a .641 percentage from the foul line.

GETTING IT DONE AT HOME
Morehead State is 3-1 at Johnson Arena in 2013-14. The Eagles have won 82 percent (63-14) at home over the last six seasons, including 91 percent (41-4) from 2008-11. MSU has only dropped one home decision since Feb. 20, 2013.

THE BIG MAN FROM CANADA
Senior Chad Posthumus ranks second in the nation with 12.6 rebounds per tilt. The center owns six double-doubles this season and has reached the 10-board plateau in nine of his last 10 contests. He is also averaging 10.8 points and shooting 50 percent from the field.

POURING IN THE POINTS
Junior Angelo Warner ranks sixth in the Ohio Valley Conference with 17.5 points per contest. The guard has matched his career high of 25 points twice this season. He now owns 40 double-figure scoring performances and seven 20-point efforts in 76 career games.

DIVISION I EXPERIENCE IS KEY
Senior Drew Kelly has logged 2,184 minutes in 101 games at Morehead State, while Angelo Warner has played 1,935 minutes in 76 contests. Warner, who has logged 35+ minutes on eight occasions, ranks third in the Ohio Valley Conference with 35.5 minutes per tilt.

THE ASSIST MAN CAN
Junior Kareem Storey ranks second in the Ohio Valley Conference with 6.0 assists per game and seventh with a 1.7-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio. The guard has collected 72 of Morehead State's 166 helpers in 2013-14. He has already posted five assists seven times.

STARTING TO HEAT UP
Junior Billy Reader is averaging 11.6 points and 4.4 rebounds while shooting 69 percent from the field over his last five tilts. He began the year averaging just 4.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while knocking down 46 percent from the floor over his first seven contests.
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