Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Murray State Can't Keep Up with Xavier

Xavier 89
Murray State 62

Final from Cincinnati, Ohio

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers came away with an 89-62 loss Monday to the Xavier Musketeers at the Cintas Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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

After falling behind early 11-0, the Racers got their first basket from T.J. Sapp at the 16:39 mark.

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.

MSU faced a 52-32 deficit at the half after Payne was fouled on a drive with 1.8 seconds left and made a pair from the line.

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

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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