The Murray State Racers scored a 106-100 double overtime victory Wednesday at Morehead State in Johnson Arena in Morehead, Ky.
The Racers (19-7, 10-4) also clinched the west division of Ohio Valley Conference and one of the top two seeds in the upcoming OVC Tournament.
Isaiah Canaan led the Racers with his third 30-point game of the season with a season-high 35 with 17 points in the extra time. Ed Daniel added 18 points and nine rebounds, while Brandon Garrett had 16 points and Stacy Wilson 10 to give MSU four in double-figure scoring.
The game looked to be under the Racers’ total control when they took a 63-43 over the Eagles with 10:31 left, but MSU saw Morehead State (13-15, 7-7) chip away to make a game of it.
Even with the lead evaporating, MSU was in good shape when Wilson knocked down a three-pointer for a 79-73 lead with 1:09 left, but an Eagles’ three-point play by Angelo Warner, a Racer turnover and a three by Bakari Turner with 8.2 seconds left tied the game and sent it to overtime. Murray State was a hair from a tip-in buzzer winner by Daniel, but after reviewing video of the play, officials ruled Daniel’s tip came after the buzzer.
In the first overtime, the situation was bleak for the Racers when they trailed 86-79 with 2:26 remaining, but MSU had some magic left.
Canaan cut the Eagles’ lead to three with 1:45 left and as MSU stopped the opponent on three straight turnovers, they got the tying points on Daniel’s putback with 3.5 left and forced the game into a second overtime.
Murray State never had a lead in the first overtime, and never trailed in the second when Garrett scored right from the start for an 89-87 lead with 4:29 left. It became Canaan’s game over the next minute as the Racer All-America scored 10 straight points for a 99-90 lead with 1:43 left. The Racers made 6-of-9 from the line the rest of the way for their second overtime win this season.
The win marked MSU’s first double overtime game since November of 2011 when they won the Great Alaska Shootout championship game over Southern Mississippi. MSU’s only overtime game since was a home win this season over Austin Peay 75-68 (Feb. 2).
The win was also the 50th for MSU Head Coach Steve Prohm who becomes the fastest to 50 in MSU history. Prohm is 50-9 in his second season and surpasses the former mark set by current Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin who was 50-19 from 2003-05.
The win is the 104th in the careers of four-year seniors of Canaan, Daniel and Jordan Burge. They have matched the mark set just last season by Ivan Aska, Jewuan Long and Donte Poole.
The Racers now prepare for Saturday’s Ramada Worldwide BracketBusters event when they host South Dakota State in a 7 p.m. game on ESPN2 at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
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