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NCAA TOURNAMENT: Morehead State upsets fellow-Kentucky school, Louisville

Kenneth Faried (courtesy of Morehead State athletics)

Every year in the NCAA Tournament, there are upsets waiting to happen.

Lower-seeded teams are overlooked, but sometimes those types of teams can cause matchup problems, hit a hot streak or play with high-emotion and confidence against the so-called favorite or top-seeded teams.

One of those teams include Morehead State of the Ohio Valley Conference.

In the state of Kentucky, the kingpins are Kentucky and Louisville. But there are several other good basketball teams in the state, Murray State, Morehead State to name a few.

Morehead State is located in the rural corner of northeastern Kentucky in a town of 6,000 people in Morehead.

The team often plays against Kentucky and Louisville during the regular season.

The Eagles upset the Cardinals 62-61 in the NCAA Tournament Denver’s Pepsi Center in the first round.

Morehead State’s star Kenneth Faried blocked a last-second shot attempt by Louisville’s Mike Marra, allowing the Eagles to beat the Cardinals for the first time since 1957, a span of 13 games.

The Eagles were trailing 61-59 with 23 seconds left. Demonte Harper, their senior guard was having a bad game shooting the ball from 3-point land (0-5), but he took the shot that won the game with 4.2 seconds remaining for the win. Harper, during the game was dreaming of the time as a child, playing imaginary games with the clock winding down so he could win the game on a final shot.

compiled from Morehead State athletics

Number 3 Ohio State pulls away late from Eagles

David Lighty (courtesy of Ohio State athletics)

The Ohio State men’s basketball team had trouble trying to distance themselves against tough and scrappy Morehead State.

The Eagles pressure zone defense forced Ohio State into 16 turnovers, and NBA prospect Kenneth Faried inside helped them keep even on the boards with the Buckeyes taller players.

Faried, at 6’8 is an athletic, energetic and talented senior who is projected as a first-round pick next year, led the Eagles (2-3) with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five steals.

Morehead State stayed close until the more talented and ballyhooed Buckeyes managed to pull away late on a 15-3 run in the final 6 1/2 minutes of a 64-45 win in Value City Arena.

John Diebler scored 20 points, DeShaun Thomas 16, lead the Buckeyes to their fourth win (4-0).

David Lighty, the 5th year senior, had a bunch of hustle plays for the Buckeyes, had 11 points, seven assists and four steals.

compiled from staff & Ohio State news

Dayton Flyers hold off Morehead State in Pioneer Football League opener, 34-28

The University of Dayton opened the PFL seaon Saturday with a 34-28 win over Morehead State.  Dayton, who tied Butler for first place in the league in 2009, jumped out to a 24-0 halftime lead and sandwiched a long TD in fourth quarter amongst three scores of 35 yards or more by MSU to grab the win.

Dayton’s freshman kick returner Garr Hunter, had been held in check for most of the game, but he came up with a 47-yard return, giving the Flyers offense its best field position of the fourth quarter at the Morehead State 47.  After being held to two straight three-and-outs, the offense stepped up and held the ball the remaining 4:04 of the game.  The critical play which wrapped up the victory was an 11-yard pass by Steve Valentino to Anthony Papp on third-and 10 to the MSU 36.

(UD photo)

Luke Bellman WR (UD photo)

Valentino was the game’s leading ground gainer with 81 yards on 20 carries with a TD.  He also passed for a score and was 18-of-37 passing for 243 yards.  Luke Bellman caught four passes for 92 yards and a touchdown.

The Dayton defense held Morehead to just two yards rushing.  Brandon Wingeier led the way with five tackles, 3 solos, 1.5 sacks and a forced fumble.  Devon Langhorst was UD’s top tackler with seven stops.  Other defensive standouts include Joe Ries with a fumble recovery; cornerback Matt Pfleger had his second interception of the season; defensive tackle Brannon Dunn’s first career tackle was a sack.  After having four sacks in the first two games, Dayton had five in the Morehead win.

The Flyers improve their overall record to 2-1 and will play a final non-conference game this Saturday, September 25, when they host Central State University at 7 p.m. ET.  It will be Dayton’s first night home game in six years.

Info courtesy of Dayton Athletics

Flyers QB Valentino named PFL player of the week for fifth time in career

University of Dayton quarterback Steve Valentino was named the 2010 season’s inaugural Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week for his performance in leading the Flyers to a 28-14 season-opening win over Robert Morris last Saturday. The UD co-captain and Walter Payton Award candidate accounted personally for 317 of Dayton’s 388 yards in total offense.

QB Steve Valentino (UD photo)

Valentino rushed the ball 16 times for 106 yards and completed 19 of 37 passes for 211 yards and two touchdowns in the victory. This is the fifth career PFL Player of the Week Award for the 2006 Solon (Ohio) High School graduate. He earned four weekly awards last season en route to being named the PFL Offensive Player of the Year and leading Dayton to a share of the PFL title.

Valentino in just 11 games as a starting quarterback, he is seventh in career total offense (3,616 yards). He needs 72 yards to break into the Flyers Top 10 in career passing yardage.

Dayton will be on the road to Pittsburgh this week, taking on its second straight Northeast Conference opponent in Duquesne. Kickoff is 12 noon ET.

The Flyers next home game is Saturday, September 18 when they open up the Pioneer Football League schedule against Morehead State.

Info courtesy of Dayton Athletics

Dayton Flyers picked to win Pioneer Football League Championship


Ten-time Pioneer Football League champion Dayton has been selected as the preseason favorite in the league’s coaches’ poll, receiving four of 10 possible first place votes. Dayton received 76 points while Butler was picked to finish second, receiving two first-place votes, with 69 points. Jacksonville received the four remaining first-place votes and finished third in the preseason poll with 68 points. Behind those three football teams are Drake (54 points), San Diego (52), Marist (45), Davidson (30), Campbell (25), Morehead State (22) and Valparaiso (9). Nine points were awarded for a first-place vote, with one point less for each succeeding place. Coaches were not allowed to vote for their own team.

Dayton has won two of its 10 league titles in the past three years, posting a 19-4 record during that time frame. Third-year head coach Rick Chamberlin will see 15 starters return, including seven All-PFL performers from a year ago.

Rick Chamberlin Dayton head coach (UD photo)

Three defensive all-league players were all named to the first team, led by The Sports Network’s Buchanan Award candidate James Vercammen, who registered a league-record 134 tackles in 2009. Linebacker Joe Ries is a two-time First Team All-PFL selection. Defensive end Brandon Wingeier is also a two-time First Team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

The Flyer offensive unit returns the most experience with 10 starters returning from last year’s 9-2 team. The unit is led by senior quarterback Steve Valentino, the PFL’s “Offensive Player of the Year” in 2009 in his first year at quarterback after receiving first-team All-PFL recognition at wide receiver the previous season. Valentino was named to The Sports Network’s Payton Award Watch List.

Offensive guard Tyler Friedrich was also on the first team. Wide receiver Justin Watkins was on the second team and center Justin Griffis was Honorable Mention All-PFL.

Info courtesy of Dayton Athletics

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