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 Top Performers

DRAK MURR
Points: Ricks Jr. (17) Williams (20)
Rebounds: Jensen, Rivers (5) Williams (10)
Assists: Madison (4) Sapp (5)
Steals: Three Tied With 2 Sapp (4)

Bullet Points

  • 10-0 second-half run puts Drake behind for good. Bulldogs shoot 50% from the field, after 63% first-half.
  • Jarvis Williams notches a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, after behind held to just six points against Valparaiso.
  • Racers +5 on the boards, +9 on turnovers.

Reaction

This was needed. Murray State bounces back after a bad loss to Valparaiso, but it wasn’t a dominant wire-to-wire win like at MTSU early this year. This was a grinder, the first of these type of games the Racers have won this year. Jarvis Williams was key tonight, and helped overcome another tough shooting night for guards Cameron Payne and T.J. Sapp. Murray also got much needed help off the bench, with Phillip Seymour scoring 14 on 5-8 shooting. Clearly, Murray still has issues to work out, on both ends of the ball. But getting at least one win in the arena where the OVC Tournament is held will be a benefit long term.

 

Recap

Murray State came away with 68-59 win over the Drake Bulldogs in the final game of the Challenge In Music City in Nashville, Tennessee at Municipal Auditorium.

Jarvis Williams led the Racers with 20 points and 10 rebounds for his third double-double of the season and the Racers got 14 points off the bench from Justin Seymour.

The first half was a tight race with four ties and a large lead of only four points. The Racers scored their first seven points from five Drake turnovers and took a 19-18 lead when Seymour scored at the 8:45 mark, but MSU trailed the rest of the half although by only a point at the break 36-35.

The last tie of the game came when the score was 46-46 with 10:34 remaining.

MSU finally got some momentum with a 10-0 run with a pair of 3-point baskets from T.J. Sapp and buckets from Williams and Seymour for a 56-48 lead with 5:43 left.

The Racers put the game away with a pair of free throws each from Williams and Jonathan Fairell and one amazing play. With one second left on the shot clock, Jeffery Moss threw a long alley-oop pass to Williams who scored for a 62-53 MSU lead with 2:11 left.

 

Recap section provided by Murray State Sports Information


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2016 Football Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 7-0 10-2
UT Martin 6-2 7-5
Tennessee Tech 5-3 5-6
Tennessee State 4-3 7-4
Eastern Illinois 4-4 6-5
Murray State 4-4 4-7
SEMO 3-5 3-8
Eastern Kentucky 2-6 3-8
Austin Peay 0-8 0-11


2016-17 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall

EAST

Belmont 15-1 23-7
Morehead State 10-6 14-16
Jacksonville State 9-7 20-15
Tennessee State 8-8 17-13
Tennessee Tech 8-8 12-20
Eastern Kentucky 5-11 12-19

WEST

UT Martin 10-6 22-13
SEMO 9-7 15-18
Murray State 8-8 16-17
Austin Peay 7-9 11-19
Eastern Illinois 6-10 14-15
SIUE 1-15 6-24


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