NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Milton Chavis scored 14 points and fifth-seeded Morehead State pulled away in the second half to beat eighth-seeded Tennessee Martin 73-66 in the opening round of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament Wednesday night.
On top 48-46 with 12:36 remaining, the Eagles broke open the game with a 16-3 run, capped by Jarrett Stokes' jumper to extend the lead to 64-49 with 6:24 left to play.
UT-Martin (9-21) cut the lead to six, 69-63 with 27 seconds left, but Morehead State made four free throws the rest of the way to ensure the victory.
Morehead State has beaten Tennessee-Martin eight straight times.
The Eagles dominated inside, outrebounding the Skyhawks 46-23 and outscoring them 42-22 in the paint.
Mike Liabo led the Skyhawks with 24 points.