Orlando Williams scored 14 and the Colonels (11-6, 2-2 Ohio Valley Conference) outshot the Eagles (11-7, 2-1) 44.4 percent to 43.9 percent.
Eastern Kentucky rallied to take a 13-11 lead on a trey by Timmy Knipp, but Morehead State's Chad Posthumus tied it at 19 on a dunk, and the Eagles pulled away. Marcus Lewis hit a trey to tie it at 33, Cosey added two free throws, and the Colonels led 35-33 at halftime.
Drew Kelly hit a trey at 17:01 in the second half to give the Eagles a 42-41 lead, but Williams replied with a trey, sparking a 9-2 run that the put the Colonels ahead for good.
Former Michigan point guard Spike Albrecht will play for Purdue as a graduate transfer next season.
Only six major-conference teams have failed to win an NCAA tournament game since the turn of the century. When will each program snap the streak?
Bruce Weber's Kansas State team earned a share of the Big 12 title three years ago, but a lot has changed since then and the pressure is on.
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