It’s been 25 years in the making, but Morehead State University is finally headed back to the Big Dance.
Freshmen Steve Peterson knocked down a baseline jumper with 1.4 seconds left in the second overtime to give Morehead State a 67-65 win over Austin Peay in the OVC championship on Saturday.
Kenneth Faried recorded his 23rd double-double of the season with 15 points and 10 rebounds, and led the team on a charge that saw all five starters score in double figures.
The win has created quite a stir in the small Kentucky community, as well as the rest of the state.
For a school where sports are not only second fiddle, but buried deep within the shadow of the University of Kentucky, things are starting to look up.
Coach Donnie Tyndall is slowly turning around a program that has more single-digit win seasons (nine) than winning seasons (seven) since their last NCAA appearance. In the three seasons Tyndall has been at the helm, Morehead State has seen it’s record climb from 12-18 to 15-15 to the 19-15 record it recorded this season.
For now, it’s time for the players at Morehead State to enjoy the moment and be proud of their accomplishments.
Come Mar. 15, the Eagles can begin preparing to make history yet again.