OVC Ball Statbox
|4-0 (0-0 WCC)|
|2-3 (0-0 OVC)|
|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|
|Points off TO|
|Pts in the Paint|
Tempo Tracker (Possessions)
Murray State offense
|Points:||Bailey (23)||Payne (18)|
|Rebounds:||van der Mars (13)||Williams (7)|
|Assists:||Pressley (7)||Payne (5)|
|Steals:||Gerun (2)||Moss (2)|
- 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