Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Murray State Thumps UTEP to Advance in NIT; Will Play at Tulsa Monday Night

Murray State 81

Final from Murray, Kentucky

National Invitation Tournament - First Round

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers advanced in the National Invitation Tournament Tuesday when they won a first-round game over the UTEP Miners, 81-66, at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky.

The win put the Racers into a second round game at Tulsa, who defeated William & Mary at home, 70-67. The Racers will play at Tulsa with the game date and time being announced soon.

The Racers got a double-double from Jarvis Williams with 25 points and 14 rebounds, while T.J. Sapp tossed in 21. Cameron Payne flirted with a triple-double with 14 points,10 assists and seven rebounds.

The Racers improved to 28-5 and won their 15th straight home game.

Leading 37-32 at half, the Racers turned on the speed and hit UTEP with a 13-2 run and built a 50-34 lead when Sapp nailed a 3-pointer with 16:16 left.

MSU matched their 16-point lead at 4:45 when Williams hit a pair of free throws.

The win for MSU was their first NIT home win and their first overall win in the tournament since beating Alabama under head coach Ron Greene in 1980.

The Racers will travel to Tulsa for their next game on Monday night

The Murray State Racers have received their second round assignment in the National Invitation Tournament.

The Racers travel to Tulsa, Okla., for a Monday game at the Donald W. Reynolds Center against the Tulsa University Golden Hurricane.

The tip time and ESPN network channel will be announced soon.

After an 81-66 win at home Tuesday, the Racers are 28-5 and heading to play a Tulsa team that also won at home 70-67 over William & Mary and are 23-10. Murray State is the No. 3 seed in their portion of the NIT bracket, while Tulsa is the No. 2 seed. The winner of Monday’s game will be meeting one team that comes out of two matchups. No. 1 seed Old Dominion hosts No. 8 Charleston Southern and No. 4 Illinois State hosts No. 5 Green Bay. Both games are played Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. on ESPN3 and 8 p.m. on ESPNU.

Racer fans should call the MSU ticket office at (270) 809-3000.

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