Sunday, March 1, 2015

Murray State Wins at UT Martin to Become 5th Undefeated Team in OVC History

Murray State 73
UT Martin 67

Final from Martin, Tennessee

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers became the fifth team in 67 seasons of Ohio Valley Conference men's basketball to go undefeated in league play when they came away with a 73-67 win Saturday over the UT Martin Skyhawks.

The win at Skyhawk Arena in Martin, Tennessee, was played in front of a packed house as the Racers (26-4) kept the nation's second-longest winning streak alive at 24.

MSU went 16-0 in the OVC, the first undefeated squad since Austin Peay in the 2003-04 season.

Cameron Payne scored 31 points to go with eight rebounds and six assists, while Jarvis Williams had his 24th career double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.

Trailing 34-31 at half, the Racers started the second half on a 22-8 run for a 53-42 lead. Wayne Langston made a steal and Williams finished a fast break at the 12:35 mark. A thundering dunk from Jonathan Fairell and a 3-pointer from Payne preceded the big play. UTM dug in on their home floor and cut MSU's lead to 64-62 with 3:16 remaining, but the Racers hit 6-of-8 from the free throw line to seal the win.

The first half saw the Racers take a 17-9 lead at the 13:57 mark when Payne scored two of his 15 points in the half. UTM hit the Racers with an 11-0 run and led 20-17 at 9:26. MSU came back with a 7-0 run where Payne scored five points as the Racers led the Skyhawks 24-20 with 7:21 left. UTM led 34-31 at the half.

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