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1st 2nd Final
Portland 30 34 64
4-0 (0-0 WCC)
Murray State 29 32 61
2-3 (0-0 OVC)

Team Statistics

22/49 (44.9%) Field Goals 23/54 (42.6%)
5/15 (33.3%) 3-Point FG 7/25 (28.0%)
15/18 (83.3%) Free Throws 8/13 (61.5%)
33 (8/25) Rebounds (O/D) 29 (8/21)
2nd Chance Pts
12 Assists 12
14 Turnovers 10
Points off TO
Pts in the Paint
Fastbreak Pts
Bench Pts

Tempo Tracker (Possessions)

Four Factors

Learn more in our tempo-free stats primer

Portland offense

Murray State offense

 Top Performers

Points: Bailey (23) Payne (18)
Rebounds: van der Mars (13) Williams (7)
Assists: Pressley (7) Payne (5)
Steals: Gerun (2) Moss (2)

Bullet Points

  • Cameron Payne missed one of two free-throws with 14 seconds left which could have tied the game.
  • Kevin Bailey scored four of his 23 points in the final 28 seconds to lift Portland past Murray State.
  • The Racers took 25 three’s out of 54 shots. They hit just seven. (28.0%)
  • Jonathan Fairell continues to struggle with fouls. The Racers forward played just 18 minutes, thanks in part to two fouls in seven minutes in the first half.



This isn’t a bad loss — but it would have been a good win if the Racers could have pulled it out. Portland remains undefeated on the season, and all signs point to them being a solid mid-major program this year. I said in today’s First Word this game was about how the Racers would bounce back after the loss to Xavier. They were better, but they’re still struggling with shot selection — this team isn’t hitting anywhere near enough three’s to have them be nearly half their shots from the field. Murray didn’t get much from the bench — but Portland won playing just seven guys all night.



Murray State suffered a hard-fought 64-61 defeat to Portland at the Challenge In Music City played at Nashville’s Municipal Auditorium.

The Racers tied the Pilots at 60 with 1:50 left on a T.J. Sapp jumper. The Racers got a stop, but Cameron Payne’s 3-point try for the lead rimmed out with 55 seconds to go. Payne went to the line with 14 seconds left with a chance to tie it, but made one of two free throws. UP’s Kevin Bailey made a pair of free throws with 1.1 seconds left and the Racers couldn’t get a shot off before the buzzer.

Payne had 18 points for MSU, with Sapp tossing in 13 and Jeffery Moss added 11 points to give the Racers three in double-figure scoring. Jarvis Williams had seven rebounds, as Murray lost the battle of the boards 33-29.

The first half saw the Racers grab an 11-5 lead on a 3-point basket from corner by Payne. MSU pushed ahead 27-20 at the 5:13 mark when Tyler Rambo scored twice and Williams had two assists on kick-out threes by Justin Seymour and Sapp. But the Pilots ended the half on a 10-3 run to lead 30-29 at the half.

MSU ended the game 42 percent from the field on 23-of-54 shots, including a 7-of-25 night from 3-point range for 28 percent.

In game one of the first day of the Challenge In Music City went to Valparaiso who scored a 66-46 win over Drake. Tevonn Walker led Valpo with 21 points while Drake was led by Jordan Daniel who had 18 points.

The Racers meet Valpo Saturday in game two at 7:30 p.m. after Drake plays Portland at 5 p.m.
Recap section provided by Murray State Sports Information

  1. Kevin Kroeper:
    It's still November. Today's Valpo game is important for confidence but we have too much talent to be down for long. Look for us on TV in March, we'll be there.
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Compiling all OVC non-conference games

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


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


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