January 6, 2011
Back-and-forth OVC battle goes to Morehead State, 76-64
MOREHEAD, Ky. – A crowd of 2,206 fans were on hand to
witness a solid performance put on by both squads to resume Ohio
Valley Conference play as Tennessee Tech dropped the 76-64 decision
at Morehead State Thursday night.
Tech opened the game scoring nine straight points, seven of
which came off the hands of sophomore guard Jud Dillard
, to set
the tone. Morehead State responded with a run of its own as it went
on a 19-0 stretch to make it 19-9.
The Golden Eagles made their way back to knot up the score at
21 after a Dillard lay-in. Morehead State was able to scratch out
an 11-7 run to finish the half with a 32-28 lead heading into the
TTU was paced by Dillard on the offensive end who posted 14
points in the first half, while Terrance Hill added 11 points for
MSU before the break. As a team, Tech took a 20-16 rebound
advantage, while shooting 40 percent from the field in the opening
The Golden Eagles came out firing in the second half as they
put together an 11-6 run as Tech took its first lead of the contest
since midway in the first half, going up, 39-38. The back-and-forth
action continued, seeing three leads changes with MSU holding a
two-point lead at 57-55 with 5:56 left in the contest.
Morehead State would take over the finial 5:56 of the game,
finishing on a 19-9 run to take the contest.
Dillard led the Golden Eagle offense with 20 points, while
freshman guard Chase Dunn
points, connecting on 3-of-5 shots from downtown. Junior guard Zac Swansey
dished out a game-high six assists to go along with his eight
Morehead State saw four players reach double-figures in points
with Kenneth Faried leading the way with 20 to go along with his 13
rebounds. Sam Goodwin added 11 points for the Eagles, all of which
came at the free throw line.
Tech (6-7, 2-2 OVC) wraps up its two-game road trip Saturday
as it takes on Eastern Kentucky. Opening tip is set for 6 p.m.