NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Senior guard Corban Collins scored a game-high 20 points, but it was not enough as the Morehead State men’s basketball team fell 73-67 at Belmont on Thursday night at the Curb Event Center.
With the loss, the Eagles fall to 12-10 overall and 6-4 in league play. Belmont improves to 17-7 and 9-1 in the OVC.
“The tide was turning for us in the second half, but we had a couple things go against us, which halted our momentum a bit,” said head coach Sean Woods. “But, now we have to pull up our boot straps and move on to the next one.”
The Eagles trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half and trailed 57-47 with 11:25 left to go in the game. Senior guard Brent Arrington then stepped up, scoring six of his 11 points, as Morehead State mounted a 9-0 run to pull within one at 57-56.
However, Morehead State would not get any closer.
Following the run, the Bruins ushered an 11-4 run of their own, extending the lead back to eight points.
The Eagles had a chance in the final minute, trailing by five, as Collins pulled up from the left wing for a three-point attempt to bring them within two. But, the ball swirled in-and-out of the cylinder and the Bruins swiped the rebound and later sealed the victory.
Collins finished with 20 points in 29 minutes of action. He shot 7-of-17 from the field and 4-of-8 from three-point range.
Freshman guard Malik Maitland scored a career-high 12 points off the bench, hitting 2-of-4 from three-point territory, while collecting six rebounds.
Battling foul trouble throughout the evening, the starting tandem of senior Anthony Elechi and junior DeJuan Marrero accumulated 18 points and eight rebounds combined.
Belmont remains undefeated at home (9-0) and sits atop the OVC standings. On the season the Bruins have shot 35 percent from the beyond the arc and against the Eagles they hit 40 percent, shooting 8-of-20. The Eagles’ defense stifled the Bruins long-range attack in the second half, holding them to only 2-of-9 from deep.
Senior guard Craig Bradshaw dropped a team-high 16 points for Belmont and junior forward Evan Bradds tallied his ninth double-double of the season, with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
Next up, the Eagles head to Tennessee State on Saturday night with tip-off set for 8:30 p.m. ET at the Gentry Center.