Nobles scores 20 in Loss
Morehead, Ky. - The Tigers shot 60 percent in the second half but Morehead State was able to hit crucial free throws in the final seconds to hold off Tennessee State University, 72-66, Monday night (1/4) at the Johnson Arena.
TSU (3-12, 0-4) shot 23-of-48 from the field for 48 percent and posted a season-high, 56 percent, from three-point range. They finished with 10 steals while losing the battle on the boards, 40-23.
Jacquan Nobles finished with a team and game-high, 20 points off the bench, shooting 7-of-13 from the floor and 4-of-6 from behind the arc. The freshman led the reserve corp that accounted for 31 points.
Josh Sain, the OVC Newcomer of the Week, followed with 17 points from 5-of-9 shooting, including 6-of-11 from the free-throw line. Sain also gathered a team best, eight rebounds. Jeremiah Crutcher went scoreless but dished out a team-high seven assists.
TSU shot 48 percent in the first half and 50 percent from long range while holding their largest lead of the night, 25-17 (5:51). The Tigers led for the majority of the half until the two-minute mark.
With 4:03 remaining, the Eagles used an 11-0 run to close the half and take the lead at the break, 31-27.
In the second, the Tigers outscored MSU, 26-20, to regain the advantage, 53-51. Morehead used an 11-8 run to recapture the lead, 62-61. Robert Covington and Nobles were able to connect a pair of three-point baskets, but MSU hit 7-of-8 down the stretch from the free-throw line to defend the Tigers' comeback effort.
Morehead (8-6, 3-1) shot 45 percent from the floor with three players scoring in double figures. Les Simmons went 4-of-5 from the floor, including 5-of-5 from the free-throw line for 13 points.
Terrance Hill and Maze Stallworth scored 12 apiece with Kenneth Faried pulling in a game-high 12 rebounds.
Next, the Tigers will return to action at home in the Gentry Center on Jan. 7, when they face Murray State in OVC play. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.