There will be no Cinderella story for Tech’s men’s basketball team this year as it was defeated in the second round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.
The Golden Eagles had a decent run in this year’s OVC tournament, defeating Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville by seven points in the first round, but coming up short against Morehead State by 15 points in the second.
“In the SIUE game, we did a really good job on defense,” said senior guard Mitchell Hill. “I thought we pressured the ball really well and forced some turnovers. We did a really good job of moving the ball on offense and getting the shots we wanted.
“In the Morehead State game, they were playing really well. It’s not anything that we did bad,” Hill said. “Sure, there’s stuff we would want to improve on. I think we turned it over a little bit too much in the first half, but, offensively, we got good looks; they just weren’t falling. On their end, we made them take a lot of tough shots, but they hit some tough ones. They also got a little too many points in transition. So, those things could have been improved a little bit.”
One of the Golden Eagles’ biggest problems in the Morehead State game was the staggering 23 points off 22 turnovers. Morehead also led the game in other areas, such as fast break points with 16, but Tech was able to beat Morehead in points off the bench with 28. Ultimately, the day would belong to Morehead State, and the Golden Eagles now begin to look forward to next season.
“We have a great group returning,” said Hill. “We’ll be an older team, and, hopefully, they can use that experience to build upon things.”