Freed-Hardeman 87, Murray State 85, OT.
That is a real score, from a real basketball game. Exhibition or not, these two teams played in a 40-minute game (plus an additional five for overtime) using NCAA rules, and this was the final result.
Here are my few “probably too quick reactions” to what happened tonight.
It’s been an emotional week for the Racers
Monday, Murray State guard Kedrick Flomo underwent emergency heart surgery at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville. He’s expected to make a full recovery, and return to the team next year, but there’s something about the words “emergency heart surgery” that is a bit unnerving.
Now imagine how his teammates must have felt….
Freed-Hardeman (or “Freed” as the cool kids call it) was a quite solid 50% from three-point range in regulation, hitting 12-24 from behind the arc in the first 40 minutes, including 7-11 in the second half. It’s safe to say the defense didn’t exactly play as well as was expected.
…and then there’s the turnovers. Murray State had four first half turnovers, but seven in the second half, and three in just a five minute overtime. Freed scored 19 points off those turnovers, including five of their 11 in the extra period. Almost all of those turnovers came from the backcourt.
Opposing defenses are only going to get stronger from here.
The one thing I wouldn’t get too worked up over? Murray State going 4-29 from three-point range. Reminder: Belmont shot 7-43 from three-point range in a regular season loss at Eastern Illinois last year. Things turned out okay.
…and ESPN basketball writer Jeff Borzello agrees. Well, in most cases.
@OVCBall I agree with that for pretty much every result except St. John's losing by 32 to a D2 program.
— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) November 6, 2015
The best twitter reactions
From Austin Peay fans
Me when I heard Murray lost to Freed Hardeman pic.twitter.com/kvjtC394Yw
— Chris Mathews (@cmathews82) November 6, 2015
…to sad Murray fans
Not a great start to the McMahon era at Murray State. Long way to go but the #Racers were not the better team tonight. An NAIA school was.
— Steve Peake (@StevenPeakeJr) November 6, 2015
…to confused sports writers
Twitter dot com is the best.