It took 3 games, but the Racers were finally given a challenge in Canada.
Murray State held off a late rally from the ABA All Stars to earn 79-72 win, finishing their Canadian exhibition games at 3-0.
This game proved to be much different than than the first two in the tour. The Racers had to weather hot shooting from ABA early on, and trailed 23-20 after the first quarter. (The game was played under FIBA rules) Despite allowing 23 points in 10 minutes, the Racers would hold ABA to just 31 points over the next 20, leading 61-54 through 3. But ABA went on a run in the 4th, tying the game at 65 with 3:21 left. Murray responded with a 6-0 run, and held on for the 7 point win.
Ed Daniel continues to impress, scoring 15 points on 5-5 shooting, and pulling down 11 rebounds and 4 steals. Latreze Mushatt didn’t do much on the offensive end, only scoring 1, but also pulled down a team-high 11 rebounds. Freshman Zay Jackson continues to impress with 10 points in the win, and Isaiah Caanan seemed to bounce back adding 11.
The Racers shot well for the third straight game, hitting 47% from the field.
Overall, I think the Racers may be in a better position than I once thought. They shot consistently well over the 3-games, didn’t dig any deep holes, and forced a lot of turnovers, 23 against ABA alone. I do wonder about the quality of the competition (especially the first two Racer opponents) but the ABA All-Stars did include a former Eastern Kentucky player, and clearly put up a fight.
The Racers will get some time off before returning to campus for the start of the fall semester.
Game Recap: Murray