Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Murray State Clips Pepperdine to Advance to Championship Game of Gulf Coast Showcase

Murray State 59
Pepperdine 55

Final from Estero, Florida

Game recap by MSU:

The Murray State Racers have a date in the Gulf Coast Showcase championship game after they posted a 59-55 victory Tuesday over the Pepperdine Waves in Estero, Fla., at Germain Arena.

The Racers will meet the Weber State Wildcats in Wednesday's title tilt starting at 7:30 p.m. Central Time. Weber State defeated Drake in the other semifinals 74-58

Trailing 53-51 with 2:45 left, the Racers came up with the key plays to push their record to 4-1.

An 8-2 run to the finish started with a pair of free throws from Bryce Jones with 1:59 remaining to tie the score. After Pepperdine hit two from the line, Chad Culbreath hit a layup to tie it again with 1:30 left. Pepperdine gave the ball back to MSU on a turnover, which led to Wayne Langston hitting two of his 17 points to give the Racers the lead for good with 53 seconds left. The Waves missed a 3-point try and fouled Jeffery Moss who hit both free throws with 11 seconds left to seal the win.

Langston tied for game honors with a career high 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting. Moss scored 12 points for MSU's only other double-digit scorer.

The Racers' defense again saved the day on what was a slow shooting game with the team hitting 40 percent on 22-of-51 shots. MSU locked Pepperdine down in the final five minutes holding the Waves to 1-of-6 including three misses from the 3-point line. The Racers held the Waves to 37 percent for the game on 20-of-54 from the field.

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