Sunday, November 22, 2015

Gaines Leads Georgia Past Murray State in Athens

Georgia 63
Murray State 52

Final from Athens, Georgia

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers had a late lead slip away in a 63-52 defeat against the Georgia Bulldogs Friday night at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga.

Trailing by eight points with 9:10 left, the Racers made a 14-4 run and took a 50-48 lead with 4:11 left on Bryce Jones' three-point play. However a pair of 3-pointers from UGA's Kenny Gaines put the Racers down 54-50 with 2:54 left. After Jones scored on a drive, Gaines hit another long range shot to put MSU down 57-52 with 2:15 left.

Jones, Chad Culbreath and Damarcus Croaker led the Racers in scoring with 11 points each. Jones added a team-leading seven rebounds and three assists.

On a night when making shots came at a premium, the Racers stayed in the game by holding the home standing Bulldogs to 30 percent shooting on 17-of-57 shots, but MSU was 17-of-56 and couldn't the shots to fall in the final minutes.

In the first half, the Racers trailed 19-9 at the 7:16 mark, but rallied to take a 27-26 lead with 58 seconds on a pair of free throws from Jones. Culbreath had a lot to do with the Racers' 18-7 run. The freshman came off the bench and hit 3-of-4 shots including a pair of 3-pointers for nine points.

A late UGA 3-pointer was the only thing that kept the Racers from leading at the half as the Bulldogs inched in front 29-27.

The Racers begin play Monday in Estero, Florida at the Gulf Coast Showcase. MSU meets Milwaukee at 11 a.m. Central Time at Germain Arena.

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