Morehead State Wins Opener 106-41 Over Kentucky Christian

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MOREHEAD, Ky. – Morehead State men’s basketball opened its season with a 106-41 win over Kentucky Christian at Johnson Arena.

“We came out and played professionally,” said head coach Sean Woods. “Our guys were very, very mature tonight.”

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Sophomore guard Malik Maitland led all scorers with 20 points, shooting 7-for-9 from the field. The 5-foot-11 starting point guard connected on a staggering five of six attempts from three-point range.

“Malik is the straw that stirs the coffee,” Woods said. “We’re going to go as far as he takes us. The sky’s the limit for this kid.”

The Eagles exploded out of the gate with 21 unanswered points, before Kentucky Christian finally stopped the bleeding with a layup 5:16 into the first half. Morehead State led the Knights 53-16 at halftime.

The Morehead State bench outscored Kentucky Christian’s 71-8, thanks in part to 14 points from freshman Jordan Walker in his collegiate debut. Junior Soufiyane Diakite added 10 points and six rebounds, while sophomore Lamontray Harris posted nine points and 10 boards.

The Eagles will return to action on Sunday for the first of two matchups on the season with Lipscomb. Morehead State will tip off with the Bison at 4 p.m. ET. Sunday’s game will be broadcast live on the OVC Digital Network

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Alex Risen joined the ABC 36 News team in October of 2011 as ABC 36’s Weekend Sports Anchor/ Sports Reporter. Alex can also be seen Friday nights co-anchoring the Highschool Highlight Reel. Alex started out in the broadcast business while still in college at the University of Kentucky, heading up the school’s daily student news network as the Sports Director. He made his commercial televsion debut in May of 2011 while at WYMT in Hazard, Kentucky as co-host of a weekly, half-hour high school sports program previewing area schools’ games on Friday nights and as a morning sports anchor. Alex has also spent time as an intern at ESPN in the Statistics and Analysis department, as a production assistant for NBC Sports horse racing and Sunday Night Football productions, and as an intern for WLKY in his hometown of Louisville, KY. Alex graduated from Saint Xavier High School in 2007 and earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Kentucky in 2010 where he graduated magna cum laude from the Honors Program. He’s excited to be covering his passion in his home state and make Central Kentucky his home for years to come. Alex can be reached at ARisen@wtvq.com