MOREHEAD, Ky. -- Junior Angelo Warner tallied a career-best 25 points and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds to lead the Morehead State men's basketball team to a 71-63 victory over East Tennessee State on Tuesday night at the ETSU/MSHA Athletic Center.
The Eagles improve to 2-0 on the season, while the Buccaneers slip to 0-2 overall. MSU also moves to 28-24 in the all-time series with its fourth consecutive victory over ETSU.
"It's always great when you can go on the road and get a win," Head Coach Sean Woods. "We seemed a little anxious in the first half, but settled down and put together a solid second half. We played tough, kept our composure and rebounded the ball really well."
Warner, who was playing in his 66th collegiate contest, posted 20 points after intermission to help Morehead State record a 46-32 scoring advantage. Sophomore Brent Arrington added 12 points in the second half and 15 for the night, plus added a team-high four steals.
"Angelo refused to let us lose this game," Woods said. "He hit several big jump shots and attacked the glass for us, especially in the second half. Brent does all of the little things and can really help us this year.Â He's a leader who can score, pass and play good defense."
Morehead State registered a 45-30 rebounding advantage in the contest, including 20-7 on the offensive end. The Eagles also collected 20 second-chance points.
Morehead State finished +15 in points from beyond the arc. The Eagles canned 36 percent (9-of-25) from long range, while limiting the Buccaneers to 21 percent (4-of-19).
Morehead State opened the contest with seven straight points. East Tennessee State responded with a 17-0 spurt moments later to take a 21-10 lead with 7:06 remaining in the first half.
ETSU held a 31-25 upper hand at the break, but MSU erupted for 46 points in the second half. The Eagles managed a late 7-0 run and hit 15-of-20 from the charity stripe in the second period.
"This is a tremendous road win against a tough opponent," Woods said. "Everyone knows how difficult our non-conference schedule is, so we have to win these types of games. Quality programs find ways to win on the road, and that's what our young men did tonight."
Senior Drew Kelly notched 11 points for the Eagles, while junior Kareem Storey and senior Bakari Turner added eight apiece. Storey also recorded a six assists and now has 21 helpers through two games this season.
Junior Rashawn Rembert posted a team-high 21 points for East Tennessee State, on 8-of-12 from the floor, while freshman A.J. Merriweather contributed a game-high 11 rebounds.
Morehead State continues its three-game week on Friday with an 8 p.m. ET contest at Big East Conference opponent Xavier. The affair will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 2.
"Friday will be a big-time environment, and the game is on national television," Woods added. "Xavier is a very good program, and they play well at home. I hope lots of Morehead State fans follow us up to Cincinnati. Our players are working very hard and deserve the support."