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1st 2nd Final
Murray State 32 30 62
2-2 (0-0 OVC)
Xavier 52 37 89
4-0 (0-0 Big East)

Team Statistics

25/62 (40.3%) Field Goals 36/75 (48.0%)
4/17 (23.5%) 3-Point FG 6/20 (30.0%)
8/13 (61.5%) Free Throws 11/18 (61.1%)
23 (9/14) Rebounds (O/D) 56 (27/29)
2nd Chance Pts
11 Assists 23
13 Turnovers 13
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

Xavier offense

After a 27-point loss on the road, head coach Steve Prohm said, in an interview for WPSD Local 6, his team played “selfish.” It showed on the scoreboard, as Xavier handed Murray State their worst loss since 2002, 89-62.

Murray quickly fell behind with an 11-0 run to open the game for the Musketeers. After falling further behind, The Racers made a move and cut the Musketeers’ lead to 10 when Payne scored in the half-court and then made a three-point play when he was fouled on a fast break. MSU trailed 26-16 with 10:17 to go before half.

By half, Xavier pushed the deficit to 20. MSU faced a 52-32 deficit after Payne was fouled on a drive with 1.8 seconds left and made a pair from the line.

Cameron Payne and Jarvis Williams each hit a basket to start the second half to get the Racers to 52-36, but MSU could not get any closer.

Payne led the Racers with 23 points to go with seven rebounds and four assists, while Williams added 14 points and Tyler Rambo 11.

The Racers fell to 2-2, while Xavier improved to 4-0

The Racers now get ready for their appearance in the Challenge In Music City this weekend in Nashville. This first-time event at the site of the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament, Municipal Auditorium, gives the Racers three games in three days. MSU faces the Portland Pilots Friday and the Valparaiso Crusaders Saturday, each with a 7:30 p.m. tip. Sunday’s game tips at 3:30 p.m. when the Racers face the Drake Bulldogs. The weekend features six games with each team competing in a round-robin format.

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2017-18 Basketball Standings

OVC Overall
Jacksonville State 0-0 2-0
Tennessee Tech 0-0 1-1
Murray State 0-0 1-1
Southeast Missouri* 0-0 1-1
Belmont 0-0 1-1
Eastern Kentucky 0-0 1-1
Tennessee State 0-0 1-1
Eastern Illinois 0-0 0-1
SIUE 0-0 0-1
Austin Peay 0-0 0-2
Morehead State 0-0 0-2
UT Martin 0-0 0-2

*Ineligible for postseason (APR)