Not many updates here, but the bigger story might be down in Murphysboro where a stretcher has been brought out onto the court after Austin Peay’s Fraley hit his head hard on the court. He has been down for several minutes now.
5:42 1st [Harris Stowe 41, Murray State 61] Coach Prohm cannot be happy about the offensive rebounding situation. Harris Stowe is getting position on play after play here in the 2nd, and getting a lot of 2nd chance scoring opportunities. Still not shooting well, though. That energy I talked about just one paragraph? Gone. Latreze Mushatt hasn’t done a lot so far (nor has much of the Racers bench). Mushatt made a bad turnover after a rebound, but makes up for it on the next play on the offensive end. He’s still young.
15:47 2nd [Harris-Stowe 31, Murray 49] Free throw by Hornets ends 12-0 Racers run. Racers look energized so far in 2nd half.
17:57 2nd [Harris-Stowe 30, Murray 43] Harris Stowe doubling every time the ball get put into the paint, making it hard for the Racers to score, but they’re getting to the free throw line, and hitting them today. Much quicker pace to start the second. Hornets call early timeout after two open 3’s by the Racers
Half time Stats
FG% 12-30 (40%)
3FG% 2-10 (20%)
FT% 0-0 <– No Free Throws, still within 7
Rebounds: 19 (8 offensive)
FG% 12-28 (42.9%)
3FG% 2-7 (28.6%)
FT% 7-10 (70%)
Rebounds: 16 (6 offensive)
Harris-Stowe: Darrion Lucius (10) <—Off the bench
Murray State: Ivan Aska (8), Donte Poole (8)
Harris-Stowe: Darrion Lucius (5)
Murray State: Ed Daniel (4)
Half [Harris-Stowe 26, Murray 33] Harris Stowe hits some shots down the stretch, makes a mini-run to cut the deficit to 7 at the half.
2:30 1st [Harris-Stowe 18, Murray 30] So I just said to Will Aubrey of the Racer Insider, who is sitting beside me on press row. “At least they’re hitting free throws.” Murray responds by missing their next two. I should know better. Both teams seem to be finding some rhythm offensively, but if Harris Stowe was hitting shots, this would be a much different game.
7:29 1st [Harris-Stowe 12, Murray 19] Sloppy basketball on both ends over the past few minutes. Both teams took out some starters after about 7 minutes of play. Harris Stowe cannot keep the Racers off the offensive board, and given their shooting so far, there’s been plenty of opportunities for the Racers to crash the board. What surprising is the Racers transition game, which consists of driving to the basket regardless whether they’re challenged or not. Doesn’t appear they’re even looking for a second option off a steal. I don’t get the feel like in the Bethel game that Harris-Stowe’s low score is a result of good Murray State defense, rather just bad Hornets offense.
12:55 1st [Harris Stowe 7 Murray 12] I’m not sure I can accurately describe how bad Harris-Stowe’s shooting is through the first few minutes. They’ve missed probably 3 point blank shots, 2 of which were air balls. That being said, their defense is solid. After a steal, Long missed a layup for the Racers, but the shot was put back by Aska. The Racers force a Hornets Timeout after 2 turnovers and easy bucket by Poole.
15:20 1st [Harris-Stowe 3, Murray 4] Harris-Stowe comes out in a matchup zone, which works well on the first possession, up until they needed a rebound. Then they were so far out of position they didn’t have a player near the basket. Wayward pass ends the Racers 2nd possession early. On the defensive side of the ball, Murray forces two turnovers in the Hornets first 2 possessions. Both teams seem out of sync offensively early. Refs seem to be calling the game much tighter than Murray’s exhibition outing Tuesday. Murray is settling for jump shots again: only 1 drive on their first 5 possessions. They tried dump down passes on the next 2, got the passes into the paint, but couldn’t complete the play. Interior defense solid for the Racers, but they’ve left Harris Stowe shooters open on the arc and are slow rotating early. Offensive rebounding is the one solid plus for the Racers so far.
5:00 until tip: Same starting 5 expected for the Racers: Canaan, Poole, Long, Daniel, and Aska. If coach Prohm is to be believed, there aren’t any plans to change that, even with the stellar play of the bench.
Harris Stowe (3-1) is the opener for the Racers tonight at the CFSB Center in Murray. Tip looks like it will be about 7:38. I’ll update this throughout the night with my thoughts on tonight’s game.