Men’s hoops head to West Tennessee for midweek OVC battle at UTM

By Matt Schabert, Morehead State Athletic Media Relations

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MOREHEAD, Ky. — As the regular season draws to a close, Morehead State men’s basketball hits the road again this week for a one-time deal at UT Martin. Wednesday night’s game at 9 p.m. ET precedes the Eagles’ final home game this Saturday against Southeast Missouri.

The Eagles sit in third place in the OVC race with four games remaining. The top two teams receive a double bye to the tournament semi-finals, while the top three and four seeds earn a solo bye.

Morehead State is going for its eighth straight win in the UT Martin Series. The Eagles have won 17 of the previous 20 meetings in head-to-head encounters. However, three of the last four meetings at Martin (since 2015) have resulted in a margin of victory for the winning team of four points or less, including two overtime contests.

The game can be heard on Eagle Sports Radio Network (WIVY-96.3 FM) with Chuck mraz and Dean Hardin. It is also available on MSUEagles.com as well as on the partner network WGOH 100.9FM/1370AM. ESPN+ has the game live on mobile devices.

RECORDS 2021-22
MOR: 19-8 (11-3 OVC) | UTM: 23-2 (13-0 OVC)

SERIES RECORD

Record against UTM: 41-16

First meeting: 12/16/91 MSU won 90-76 at MSU

Last meeting: 1/12/22 MSU won 76-62 at MSU

Series: MSU, 7 games

Record in Martin, Tennessee: 13-11

Record at Morehead: 24-4

Neutral record: 4-1

NOTABLE

• The Eagles are 3-3 in their last six games after a 10-game winning streak. MSU comes in with losses to Belmont and No. 23 Murray State last week, but by just five points combined.

• Morehead State’s 42 wins over the past two seasons are the most of any Division I program at Kentucky.

John Broome recorded a double-double in 19 of 27 games this season and is looking to become the second player in program history (Kenneth Faried has an MSU single-season double-double record of 28) to get 20 double-doubles in a year . He ranks second nationally in this NCAA stat category.

• Saturday against Murray State, John Broome became the first OVC player to record more than 100 blocks in a season since Austin Peay’s Chris Horton in 2012-13. Only three other players in OVC history (TTU’s Lorenzo Coleman has done it twice) have blocked more than 100 players in a single season. Broome ranks third nationally in blocks and blocks per game. The MSU program record for blocks in a season is 115 by George Williams in 1973-74.

John Broome ranks FIRST in the OVC in rebounds (10.7), blocked shots (3.7) and field goal percentage (.560). Only three other OVC players have led the league in all three categories at the end of a season and not since 1998-99 (Carlos Rogers – TSU – 1993-94; Lorenzo Coleman – TTU – 1996-97; Bud Eley – SEMO – 1998-99).

• Ta’Lon Cooper continues to be one of the best points leaders in program history, ranking third in the nation with 168 assists. season in the program’s history. Cooper is just 36 assists short of the single-season program record of 204, held by Nikola Stojokovic in 2007-08.

Hollowell’s Tray the three-point string soared to 33 consecutive games. Hollowell is trying to become the first MSU player in program history to hit at least one three-pointer in every game he appears in in a single season.

Hollowell Tray made 75 three-pointers this season. That total now ranks fifth in the program’s single-season history. His 75 is the most since the single-season record of 95 was achieved by Maze Stallworth in 2009-10.

• Over the past five games, Morehead State has allowed their opponents just 56.2 points per game. Only one of those teams also managed to shoot 40% or better.

• Morehead State used the same starting five as Ta’Lon Cooper, Skyelar Potter, Hollowell Tray, Jake Wolfe and John Broome for all but one game this year. Only Murray State in the league has had the same starting roster for all of its games.

Jake Wolfe recorded its fourth double-digit game against Murray State with 12 points. Of all the Eagle players, Wolfe was the most reliable and accurate from the free throw line, shooting 79 percent.

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