EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. — It took the whole 40 minutes, and Morehead State's men's basketball team shook off a long scoreless spell in the second half to rally late and defeat SIUE 56-48 on the road Monday night.
The current flock of Eagles (18-7/15-3 OVC) tied the 2009-10 team for the program record for Ohio Valley Conference victories and finished the 2020-21 season with eight league road wins, also a program record. The win also enacted some payback to the Cougars (8-15/6-11 OVC), who had handed MSU a 69-65 setback all the way back on Dec. 18 in Morehead.
Freshman forward Johni Broome [msueagles.com], named earlier in the day as the OVC Freshman of the Week for a program-record eighth time, came up clutch in this one. He poured in 23 points and tied his career high with 13 rebounds for his ninth double-double. He scored six points in the final 3:32, including the go-ahead bucket to break a 44-44 stalemate. The OVC's top shot blocker turned back three SIUE shots as well.
Teammate Skyelar Potter [msueagles.com], a junior guard, collected his third double-double as well with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Potter has now scored in double digits in eight straight contests.
Morehead State went for more than seven minutes without a made field goal in the second period but stayed within striking distance and eventually finished the game on a 16-4 scoring advantage in the final eight minutes.