Semifinals to include Eagle pair

Semifinals to include Eagle pair

Posted: Friday, March 2, 2012 7:00 pm

NASHVILLE (AP) — Angelo Warner scored 18 points to lead Morehead State over Jacksonville State 68-54 on Thursday night in the Ohio Valley Conference tournament quarterfinals.
Morehead State led by two, 24-22, at halftime and outscored the Gamecocks 44-32 in the final 20 minutes. The Eagles (18-14) shot 52.6 percent in the second half (10 of 19).
Milton Chavis added 14 points, Drew Kelly 12 and Ty Proffitt 11 for Morehead State, which won the OVC tournament in 2009 and 2011.
The third-seeded Eagles will play Tennessee State in the semifinals today.
Morehead State shot 47.5 percent from the field (19 of 40) and made 27 of 35 from the free-throw line against Jacksonville State. Warner made eight of his 10 free throws.
Jacksonville State (15-18), the seventh seed, was led by Ronnie Bogs and Tarvin Gaines with 12 points each and Mason Leggett with 11.
Tenn. Tech 77, SEMO 73
Kevin Murphy scored 24 points as Tennessee Tech built a big lead, then rallied for a 77-73 victory over Southeast Missouri State Thursday night in an Ohio Valley Conference tournament quarterfinal.
The Golden Eagles (19-12), who got 18 points from Jud Dillard, led 42-27 at halftime. But Southeast Missouri State (15-16) rallied behind Tyler Stone. He posted a 24-point, 11-rebound double-double for the Redhawks (15-16).
Nick Niemczyk and Corey Wilford scored 16 points apiece and helped key a second-half rally enabling Southeast Missouri State to tie it at 64-all.
Down 55-36, the Redhawks rallied, then took a 70-66 lead on Stone’s jumper with 2:13 left.
But Murphy (10 for 20 from the field) stuck two jumpers and Zac Swansey a 3-pointer for a 73-70 lead.
Zach Bailey made two foul shots and Swansey dunked with 0:03 left. Stone’s trey with a second remaining was too little, too late.
Tech’s win sets up a third meeting with regular season conference champion Murray State tonight at 6.

Published in The Messenger 3.2.12

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