INDIANAPOLIS – A losing IUPUI basketball team put up little resistance to a tough Morehead State squad on Tuesday night (December 21) when the Eagles scored an 80-52 win at the Indiana Farmers Coliseum. The Jaguars ended the night with only seven healthy bodies after being bullied and beaten by the Eagles, who hung 80 points and shot 49 percent against a typically stingy IUPUI defense.
Senior Asariah Seay made with a career high of 17 points for a ray of hope in the defeat and classmate Dimitar Pandev achieved a career high of 11 points in 18 minutes on the Jaguars bench. A third Jaguar in its sophomore year Bakari LaStrapHe also scored with 11 points and three assists in the defeat for a new career highlight.
IUPUI (1-10) shot 38 percent overall and 3-out-16 (18.8 percent) from the deep, while Morehead State aired 11 made Treys in just 26 attempts to close at 42.3 percent.
Tray Hollowell had a team high of 17 points, including 4-of-7 from deep, and Johni Broome had 13 points and 11 rebounds. Jaylon Hall added 15 points from the MSU bank including connecting 4 out of 5 from beyond the arch.
And while the Jaguars struggled to score at close range and the free throw line, Morehead State quickly buried the hosts in a series of three combined with Broome’s work inside. MSU (8-5) broke an early 8-8 tie with a 12-0 run that started with Hall Banking in a three and followed moments later with a swish. LaStrap stopped the run with a traditional three-point game, but Morehead State continued to build the triples to build a 42-23 halftime advantage.
As head coach, the lead grew to over 30 Matt CrenshawIts rotations were hampered by a lack of healthy bodies. The night began with nine clearances and was reduced to eight after someone injured himself during pre-game warm-ups. Nathan McClure suffered an injury in the middle of the first half and was relegated to street clothes in the second half. Crenshaw patched up combinations for the majority of the second half but failed to make up for MSU’s firepower. Towards the end of the second half, a fire alarm went off, which interrupted the game for almost 10 minutes but had little effect on the result.
Morehead State had already surprised the hosts with a 26-4 point advantage in sales and a 21-2 advantage in sales points.
Seay hit 8-of-12 shots to set a new career high for a second straight competition and Pandev was a perfect 3-of-3 off the floor, including a pair of threes from the bench. LaStrap was benched in 35 minutes and hit 5 of 11 shots. Graduate transfer BJ Maxwell was limited to a season low of three points with only 1-out-of-7 shooting.
The Jaguars are taking a Christmas break and will return to the action on Thursday, December 30th at 7:00 p.m. with a Horizon League competition featuring reigning league champions Cleveland State. This game will air on ESPN +.