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Kentucky Cares Classic features UK, Morehead State in exhibition benefiting disaster relief effort

In light of recent disasters around the country, UK Athletics will play a small part in helping those affected by adding a third men’s basketball exhibition game to Kentucky’s 2017-18 schedule. The NCAA has granted a special waiver for the Wildcats to host Morehead State. UK will host the Eagles – coached by former Kentucky staff member Preston Spradlin – for the inaugural “Kentucky Cares...

Former UK assistant Spradlin introduced as Morehead State’s new head men’s basketball coach

Preston Spradlin was formally introduced as the Morehead State men’s basketball head coach on Tuesday afternoon, becoming the 14th person to ever hold the position. “For the first time, I feel like the head coach,” Spradlin said. “I’m so thankful for that.” Spradlin was named the interim head coach of the program last Dec. 15. Inheriting a 2-7 record nine games into...

Former UK All-American, Morehead State head coach Macy joins basketball staff at Transy

Kentucky basketball legend Kyle Macy has joined the Transylvania University men’s basketball coaching staff as an assistant coach, Transylvania head coach Brian Lane announced on Monday. Macy joins Lane’s four-man coaching staff as the Pioneers prepare for the upcoming 2016-17 season. Kyle Macy (Transy Athletics Photo) “I am thrilled that Kyle is joining my staff,” said Lane....

Eagles get defensive, force 25 EKU turnovers to complete season sweep over rivals

Morehead State men’s basketball forced 25 turnovers in its 61-50 win over Eastern Kentucky on Thursday night at Johnson Arena. Morehead State moved their record to 13-11 overall and 7-5 in OVC play. The win against the Colonels concludes a season sweep of its rival for the first time since 2011-12. EKU fell to 14-13 and 5-7 in the conference. “You can’t play defense on Eastern Kentucky...

Morehead State promotes Mattox to be director of men's basketball operations

Jonathan Mattox, who has spent the past two seasons as a graduate manager for Morehead State men’s basketball, has been promoted to a full-time director of operations, where he will be responsible for a variety of behind-the-scenes tasks and administrative duties.   “Jonathan has done a terrific job the past two seasons, and we’re looking forward to working with him in this new...

Eastern, Morehead both drop close decisions in semifinal round of OVC Tournament

Eastern’s Eric Stutz led all scorers with 18 points, but the Colonels lost to Belmont in the semifinals of the OVC Men’s Basketball Tournament (EKU Athletics Photo)   The Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team had the ball on the final possession of the game, but senior Corey Walden missed a floater off the backboard allowing Belmont to come away with a 53-52 win in the...

Morehead bumps Thursday's men's, women's basketball games due to weather conditions

Both of Morehead State’s Thursday basketball games (Feb. 19) have been postponed until Monday (Feb. 23) due to poor weather conditions in Kentucky and Tennessee. The Eagle women will host Tennessee Tech at 5 p.m., while the MSU men will visit Tennessee State at 8 p.m.   The decisions were made due to snow accumulations of more than a foot in Eastern Kentucky and an ice storm which has caused...

Colonels move into first place in OVC East Division race after victory over Morehead

Eastern Kentucky defeated Morehead State for the second time this season and moved into first place in the OVC East Division race (EKU Athletics Photo)   Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball team used a late 12-2 run to pull away from in-state rival Morehead State University on its way to a 69-57 win in front of a raucous McBrayer Arena crowd on Wednesday.   With the win, coupled...

First place in OVC Eastern Division at stake as Colonels host Morehead State in rematch

EKU’s Timmy Knipp scored a career-high 23 points in a win over Tennessee State (EKU Athletics Photo)   First place in the Ohio Valley Conference East Division will be on the line when the Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team hosts rival Morehead State University for a nationally televised game on Wednesday.   The game, presented by Baptist Health, will air live on ESPNU...

Eastern Kentucky-Morehead matchup on regional television; four EKU games on TV

Four of Eastern Kentucky’s next five men’s basketball games are set for regional or national telecasts (EKU Athletics Photo)   Eastern Kentucky University’s men’s basketball game at Morehead State University on Saturday will be televised live throughout Central and Eastern Kentucky.   The game will air on This TV, which is WYMT’s newly-launched secondary channel. The...

Morehead State hangs with Buckeyes, but boards the difference in fourth straight loss

Morehead State hung with No. 12 Ohio State Saturday, but couldn’t overcome the Buckeyes’ big advantage in rebounds (MSU Athletics Photo)   Ohio State shot 57 percent from the floor and tallied a 21-3 advantage in second-chance points on its way to an 87-71 victory over Morehead State before a crowd of 14,578 on Saturday at Value City Arena.   The No. 12 Buckeyes improve to 8-1...

Defending OVC champ Eastern picked third in coaches poll, Eagles the second choice

Defending Ohio Valley Conference Tournament champion Eastern Kentucky University men’s basketball team was picked to finish third this season in the East Division, the league announced from its annual media day event, and the Colonels’ Corey Walden was selected to the 10-member preseason All-OVC team.   Walden, a 6-2 guard, earned OVC Defensive Player of the Year and OVC Tournament MVP...

Eastern, Morehead State trail only Belmont in preseason OVC East men's basketball poll

Eastern Kentucky’s men’s basketball team trailed only Belmont in the Ohio Valley Conference Eastern Division Media Poll, released by the league Friday. The annual OVC Coaches Poll will be released at Media Day on Tuesday in Nashville.   The Colonels will host Urbana University for an exhibition game on Nov. 7 before kicking off the regular season against Savannah State on Nov. 14...

Fresh off gold medal performance, MSU's Faried cashes in with new $60 million deal

Former Morehead star Kenneth Faried led the U.S. team in rebounding during World Cup play (USAB.com Photo)   Former Morehead State star Kenneth Faried has signed a five-year contract extension with the National Basketball Association’s Denver Nuggets worth $60 million, according to Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and several other national media outlets.   Faried, a 6-8 forward, most recently...

Sports Notes: Fans camping out for Madness tickets, but they will be talking up UK football

True freshman receiver Garrett Johnson had six catches for 154 yards and two TDs in Kentucky overtime loss at Florida (UK Athletics/Chet White Photo)   In a way, it’s too bad Kentucky doesn’t have a game to play this weekend, its bye coming just four weeks into the season.   Undoubtedly, coach Mark Stoops’ Cats could use some time to recover from the bruising triple-overtime...

Former Morehead star Faried earns spot on All-Tournament team as U.S. captures gold

Former Morehead star Kenneth Faried led the U.S. team in rebounding during World Cup play (USAB.com Photo)   The United States Basketball Team, which includes former Morehead State star and current Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried as well as former Kentucky Wildcats DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis, captured a gold medal in the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup,...

Eagles' basketball schedule includes big matchups with Ohio State, Cincinnati, UNLV

Sophomore Corban Collins and seniors Angelo Warner &and Kareem Storey will lead Morehead this year against teams like Ohio State and Cincinnati (Photo from Morehead State Athletics)   Morehead State has finalized its 2014-15 men’s basketball schedule, a 31-game slate that features 10 dates against postseason teams from a year ago, including Big Ten Conference member Ohio State and American...

Morehead's Faried, Kentucky's Davis and Cousins earn positions on USA FIBA squad

  Former Morehead State forward Kenneth Faried and Kentucky center DeMarcus Cousins have been selected to represent the United States in the 2014 FIBA (International Basketball Federation) World Cup. The event will be held Aug. 30-Sept. 14 in Spain.   “I want to thank everyone who has been in my corner supporting me,” Faried told Nuggets.com. “It means a lot to me to be...

Morehead completes dominating sweep of Bahamas series with 112-55 exhibition win

Senior Karam Mashour posted game highs of 18 points and 23 rebounds to lead the Morehead State men’s basketball team to a 112-55 exhibition pounding of the Pyramid Food Rockets on Monday at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium.   Mashour finishes the Bahamas trip with 56 points (18.7 ppg) and 60 rebounds (20.0 rpg) in three contests. He connected on 25-of-49 from the field in 73 minutes. The UNLV transfer...

Morehead senior Mashour posts double double in Eagles' Bahamas exhibition win

Senior Karam Mashour registered game highs of 16 points and 20 rebounds to lead the Morehead State men’s basketball team to a lopsided 103-57 Bahamas exhibition win over the Real Deal Shockers on Sunday at Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium in Nassau.   The Eagles have now scored 218 points in two Bahamas affairs, while allowing just 126. MSU pounded the Grand Bahamas All-Stars, 115-69, in its exhibition...