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Governors look to keep momentum alive on five game road trip

Coming off of a win and a loss in two down-to-the-wire games at home, the Governors basketball team looked to improve their record on the road against the Morehead State Eagles.

The score was close going into halftime with the Eagles leading the Governors 28-23 but the score soon become a double digit lead in the second half.

The Governors gained the lead 31-30 shortly after the half when senior Khalil Davis and sophomore Josh Robinson both knocked down shots from behind the arc, followed by Chris Horton hitting two shots at the line.

The lead did not last long, as the Eagles scored seven consecutive times while the Governors committed five turnovers and missed three shots.

As the Eagles gained momentum, the Governors continued to fight and cut the lead down to eight as they tried to come out on top.

Ultimately, the Governors’ 44 percent shooting from the floor and 16 turnovers led to their demise and the Eagles came out on top with a final score of 85-75.

This was the second straight win for the Eagles without their leading scorer Corban Collins.

Chris Horton led the Govs with 22 points and went 100 percent from the line.

However, this marks the first time in eight games that Chris Horton has not achieved a double-double since his game against Texas A&M Corpus Christi on Dec. 28, 2015.

The Governors hit the road for their second of five straight Ohio Valley Conference games looking to pick up their first OVC road win.

Josh Robinson helped make that win a reality, scoring 30 points against the Southeast Missouri Redhawks in the 86-80 victory.

At halftime, the Governors were up 34-30 and dominated the first five minutes of the second quarter creating a 13-point lead.

The Redhawks fought back and tied the game with under eight minutes to play.After a jump shot from Robinson to gain the lead, the game came down to a free throw contest between the two teams.

Robinson stepped to the line and knocked down 4-6 (6-8 in the game) and Khalil Davis shot 100 percent from the line in the game.

Robinson was not alone in hitting double digits. Khalil Davis knocked down 18 points, which almost went unnoticed because of the amount of work he put in on the defensive end, along with knocking down all of his shots at the line.

Chris Horton also reached double digits with a 15-point performance but did not obtain his usual double-double.

Kenny Jones picked up 12 points which was the first time he has made it to double digits in six games.

The Governors improved their shooting to 52.7 percent from their previous contest where they only made 44 percent. They also shot 80 percent from the line, an OVC season best performance.

The Governors will look to keep their momentum going on the road when they take on the University of Tennessee at Martin Skyhawks on Thursday, Feb. 4, at 6 p.m.

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