MOREHEAD, Kent. — Morehead State scored the final eight points of the game and held Sacramento State scoreless the final 3:12 to rally for a 75-71 win on Saturday afternoon. The Hornets dropped to 0-2 on the season while the Eagles were playing their season opener.
Sacramento State held leads after each of the first three quarters but was outscored, 19-9, in the fourth quarter. over the last seven minutes, Sacramento State was 1-for-12 from the field, 1-for-4 from the free throw line and committed a pair of turnovers. Morehead State took advantage, outscoring the Hornets, 15-3, over the final seven minutes, and 8-0 over the final 2:44.
The Eagles took their first lead of the game on a Eriel McKee layup with 25 second to play that provided a 72-71 lead. The Hornets turned the ball over on their next possession and were forced to foul. Darianne Seward made a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to 74-71 with nine seconds to play. Sacramento State had one last three-point attempt by Justice Dawson which hit off the back iron. The ball was rebounded by Morehead State who sealed the game on a free thrown by Tierra McGowan with one second to play.
Sacramento State, which opened the game on an 8-0 run, led the game for 38:41 of game clock while Morehead State held a lead for just 25 seconds. A year ago, the Eagles finished with a 21-10 overall record, a 14-2 record at home and an 11-5 mark in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Hannah Friend, Maranne Johnson and Dana DeGraffenreid each scored 13 points to lead Sacramento State. The trio were joined in double figures by Tiara Scott who scored 10 points. Johnson added five rebounds, four assists and three steals in a game-high 34 minutes. DeGraffenreied, a true freshman, also had six rebounds and four steals in 32 minutes. Kyhonta Doughty had eight points, seven rebounds and a pair of steals, and Dawson finished with six points and seven rebounds. Sacramento State used nine players in the contest.
Sacramento State shot 36.8 percent from the field on 25-of-68 shooting. The team made 7-of-22 three-point tries (.318) and was 14-of-20 from the free throw line (.700). The Hornets struggled during the final period, making just four field goals on 17 attempts. The team was also shut out behind the arc on six attempts and was only 1-for-4 from the stripe. Overall, the Hornets were outrebounded, 62-37, as Morehead State had a healthy 25-11 advantage in second chance points. The Eagles were limited to 35.4 percent (28-for-79) shooting from the field, 11.1 percent (2-of-18) from the 3-point line and 73.9 percent (17-of-23) from the free throw line.
Sacramento State got off to a quick start, outscoring Morehead, 24-15, in the first quarter. The Hornets were able to build a 10-point advantage early in the second quarter (31-21) and took a 41-34 lead into halftime. Morehead State narrowed the gap in the third period where it outscored Sacramento State, 22-21.
The Eagles had three players record double-doubles. McKee led the team with 19 points and added 10 rebounds. Miranda Crockett had 17 points and 12 rebounds and McCowan contributed 15 points and a team-high 16 rebounds.
Sacramento State was able to force 24 turnovers but was only able to turn that into 17 points. MSU scored 22 points on 18 giveaways by the Hornets.
Sacramento State, which opened the season yesterday with a loss at Kentucky, will complete its season-opening three-game East Coast swing at West Virginia on Tuesday at 4 p.m. PST.
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