We knew Murray State would eventually come out flat, and need to respond.
Tonight, they found themselves down 9 points just over 9 minutes into the game.
With 9 minutes left in the game, the Racers led by 21.
Isaiah Cannan hit 6 3-pointers on his way to 21 points, as Murray State moved to 12-0 with a 66 – 53 win over Arkansas State.
The Racers struggled offensively to start the game, turning over the ball 5 times in the first 8 minutes. Arkansas State had no such early struggles, with Ed Townsel scoring the team’s first 8 points. Arkansas State also shot the 3 well to begin to game, something they’ve done all season.
But just as quickly as Arkansas State built a lead, it fell apart thanks to Canaan’s deep shooting.
The Racers built a 7-point lead, but a slam with 5 seconds to play in the half cut the lead to 5 heading into the locker room.
For a lot of teams, that kind of play would build momentum.
That didn’t appear to be the case with Arkansas State.
The Red Wolves came out flat to begin the second half, scoring just 4 points in the first 10:32 seconds of the half. Murray built up a 21 point lead, and looked like they were on their way to another home blowout.
But over the next 5 minutes, Arkansas State went on a 17-5 run, cutting the lead to single digits heading into the final media timeout.
The Racers 12-0 start is tied for the 2nd best start in school history. Conference play for the Racers start off with a struggling UT Martin