MOREHEAD Morehead State may have had its toughest first-half shooting night of the season, but the men’s basketball Eagle defense clamped down as well en route to a 58-49 win at SIUE Thursday night.
The Eagles, who scored only 16 first-half points, also held the host Cougars to only 15 in the first 20 minutes and limited SIUE to 1-for-17 from three-point range overall and to 30 percent from the field in the game. The Eagles swept the season series from the Cougars and improved to 12-12 overall and 6-5 in the OVC.
The 15 first-half points tied for the program’s lowest since allowing 15 to host Saint Louis University in a road victory in the 2010-11 season.
MSU also heated up finally in the second half, shooting 59 percent, as the Eagles used a late surge to thwart the Cougars’ win hopes.
Junior guard Juice Thomas led the surge with 11 points, six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Freshman forward Tyzhaun Claude cashed in a team-best 12 points and hauled in nine rebounds.
The Eagles continue the Land of Lincoln road swing at Eastern Illinois Saturday. Game time is 4:15 p.m.