Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Murray State Manhandles MTSU on the Road

Murray State 68

Middle Tennessee 49

Final from Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers scored their first win of the season Tuesday in Murfreesboro, Tennessee in a 68-49 victory over the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.

The Racers (1-1) and Blue Raiders (1-1) renewed a rivalry that saw them play against each other in the Ohio Valley Conference from 1952-2000. This was MSU's first trip to the Murphy Center since 2002.

Jarvis Williams had a monster night with 28 points, 11 rebounds for his 16th career double-double in 36 games at MSU. He also added three blocked shots. He tied his career-high of 28 points.

Cameron Payne added 15 points and six assists to help the Racers to a 48 percent shooting night on 27-of -56. MSU's defense was on from the start and they ended the evening in holding MTSU to 18 percent on 12-of-66 shots.

The Racers put together a 14-4 run at the 13:13 mark of the first half when the game was tied. Justin Seymour hit a 3-pointer and Williams scored his fifth basket in five tries. Kedrick Flomo nailed a 3-pointer and Payne followed with a steal and easy layup. The Racers' then jumped to a 12-point lead at the 4:21 mark when Payne hit from long range. The Racers led 37-25 at the half.

MSU kept the pressure on MTSU at the start of the second half and had their largest lead of the game at 14:52 when Payne hit his second 3-pointer of the game. Williams had back-to-back dunks on fast breaks, the last he started with a steal and went solo for the slam, to put MSU up again by 19 at the 11:41 mark 54-35.

The Blue Raiders dug in on their home court and cut the MSU lead to nine at 56-47, but never got any closer.

Williams hit a shot and was fouled. He missed the free throw, but rebounded it and scored for the rare four-point play as MSU led 60-47 with 6:47 left.

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