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1st 2nd Final
Murray State 37 21 58
2-4 (0-0 OVC)
Valparaiso 43 50 93
6-1 (0-0 Horizon)

Team Statistics

MURR VALP
20/55 (36.4%) Field Goals 31/52 (59.6%)
8/20 (40.0%) 3-Point FG 11/20 (55.0%)
10/13 (76.9%) Free Throws 20/27 (74.1%)
26 (10/16) Rebounds (O/D) 35 (9/26)
2nd Chance Pts
8 Assists 16
16 Turnovers 14
Points off TO
Pts in the Paint
Fastbreak Pts
Bench Pts

Tempo Tracker (Possessions)

Four Factors

Learn more in our tempo-free stats primer

Murray State offense

Valparaiso offense

 Top Performers

MURR VALP
Points: Moss (13) Peters (26)
Rebounds: Fairell (7) Peters (8)
Assists: Payne, Sapp (3) Four Tied With 3
Steals: Payne (3) Carter (4)

Bullet Points

  • Coming of the biggest final deficit of the Steve Prohm era at Xavier earlier this week, Murray State gets beat by the worst margin since 1992. The Racers were outscored by 29 in the second half.
  • Valpo hit 31-52 (59.6%) from the field, and 11-20 (55.0%) from three-point range. The Crusaders also shot more than double Murray’s free-throw attempts.

 

Reaction

There’s not a lot to say here. This was bad. There’s not another word for it. Losing to Valparaiso isn’t bad in and of itself; they’re a really good, likely 20+ win team this year, maybe even an NCAA Tournament team. But there was no fight from Murray the final 10 minutes. None.

That harsh review aside, we knew Murray would struggle a bit against a larger Crusaders team, but I didn’t fully expect Jarvis Williams and Jonathan Fairell to be held to eight points. Justin Seymour provided a bit of a boost for the guards off the bench; we’ve been looking to see if a sixth or seventh man would emerge.

There’s plenty of time for Murray State to right the ship, so to speak. We thought they hit rock bottom at Xavier. Maybe this is the wake-up call they need.

 

Recap

The Murray State Racers dropped a 93-58 defeat at the Challenge In Music City Saturday to the Valparaiso Crusaders in Nashville, Tennessee at Municipal Auditorium.

Jeffery Moss led MSU with 13 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point range, while Cameron Payne added 11 points and three assists. Jonathan Fairell led MSU on the boards with seven rebounds.

In the first half, MSU trailed 26-20 at the 7:30 mark when they responded with a run of their own to take a 30-28 lead at 5:02. MSU’s 10-2 run was keyed by a Wayne Langston hook shot and a pair of baskets from Moss. MSU took their only lead of the game with 5:02 left on a Moss floater. However, the Crusaders ended the half on a 21-11 run and a 43-37 lead,

Things got worse for the Racers when Valparaiso started the second half with a 12-3 run. MSU cut the Valpo lead to 15 on a bucket by Jarvis Williams at the 13:38 mark, but never got any closer.

The Racers stayed with the hot-shooting Valpo in the first half going 13-of-28 for 46 percent. But in the second half the Racers cooled to 36 percent on 20-of-55 shots, while Valpo stayed hot at 70 percent on 17-of-24 shots.

The Racers and Crusaders have met in three straight seasons. Valparaiso won at MSU in 2012 and on their home court in 2013 before today’s neutral court game.

MSU (2-4) finishes their stay at the CIMC Sunday when they face the Drake Bulldogs at 3:30 p.m. The first game of the final day tips at 1 p.m. with the Crusaders (6-1) against Portland. After Sunday’s game, the Racers return to the CFSB Center Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against Bethel.
Recap section provided by Murray State Sports Information


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