By ANTHONY SHINGLER | Senior Staff Writer
It was a runaway train the entire game and the OVC 2010-11 Defensive Player of the Year, Kenneth Faried was the engineer.
Behind from tip off, the Govs played catch up to Morehead all night, but they could not derail the Eagles.
The Govs lost to the Morehead State Eagles 68-49 and were eliminated from the 2011 OVC Men’s Basketball Championship Tournament in the semifinal round.
The Govs finish the season 20-13 overall. Morehead State moved on to
play Tennessee Tech in the OVC Tournament Championship game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, for the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
Top-seeded Murray State will receive a berth in the NIT due to winning the regular-season conference title.
“I thought Morehead came out with a lot of energy early and we turned it over too much early against them,” said Govs head coach Dave Loos.
Morehead State opened the game on a 10-0 run before junior guard TyShwan Edmondson put the Govs on the board. The Eagles went into halftime with a 32-22 lead.
The closest the Govs got to the Eagles was 45-38 when senior guard Caleb Brown hit one-of-two free throws with 9 minutes and 30 seconds left in the game.
Demonte Harper led the Eagles with 25 points on 9-of-14 shooting. Faried earned a double-double and almost earned a triple double. He scored 12 points, grabbed 21 rebounds and blocked 8 shots.
“My favorite thing to do is rebound and my coaches believe in me,” Faried said. “I went out and played my heart out because I know any game can pop up and be my last.”
Gov sophomore guard Justin Blake led the team with 13 points coming of the bench. Brown and freshman forward Will Triggs both scored 7 points.
The Eagles topped the Govs across the stat line.
They made 26-of-58 (69 percent) field goals. The Govs were 17-of-54 (31.5 percent) from the floor, and 9-of-13 (69.2 percent) from the free throw line.
The Eagles beat them to the boards 37-28 and also turned the ball over only 12 times compared to the Govs 17 turnovers.
The Govs 49 points was their lowest total of the season.
GOVS VS. EAGLES LIVE UPDATES
FINAL-Govs lose to Morehed State 68-49.
The Govs are down 63-43 to Morehead State with 3:01 left in the game.
Morehead State’s Demonte Harper lead all scorers with 22 points and Kenneth Faried has 10 points, 21 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Justin Blake led the Govs with 13 points.
The Govs are down 49-38 to Morehead State with 7:26 left in the game. Justin Blake lead the Govs with 10 points.
Demonte Harper leads all scorers with 20 points, while Kenneth Faried has 10 points, 17 rebounds and seven block shots.
The Govs are down 44-35 to Morehead State with 11:21 left in the game. Justin Blake leads the Govs with eight points.
Morehead State’s Demonte Harper leads all scorers with 18 points including the last seven for the Eagles.
The Govs are down 37-26 with 15:14 left in the game. Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried is flirting with a triple-double with 10 points, 13 rebounds and seven blocks. Demonte Harper leads all scorers with 11 points.
The Govs John Fraley and Caleb Brown each have six points a piece.
The Govs are down 32-22 against Morehead State. Morehead State opened on a 10-0 run before the Govs scored a point. Demonte Harper leads the way for Morehead State with 10 points, Kenneth Faried has six points, eight rebounds and six blocks.
The Govs offensively are led by Caleb Brown with six points on two-of-four shooting. Justin Blake and Tyshwan Edmondson have five points a piece.
The Govs are down 24-15 to Morehead State with 3:59 left in the first half. Tyshwan Edmondson and Justin Blake leads the Govs with five points.
The Govs are down 18-10 to Morehead State with 7:58 left in the first half. Tyshwan Edmondson leads the Govs with five points. The Govs are three-of-12 from the field (25.0 percent).
The Govs are down 12-5 to Morehead State with 11:44 left in the first half. Tyshwan Edmondson has all five of the Govs points.
The Govs are down 8-0 to Morehead State with 16:56 left in the first half. Kenneth Faried leads the Eagles with four points.
Junior guard Tyshwan Edmondson is dressed out and participating in pregame warm ups with a knee brace on his right knee.