TENNESSEE STATE 72 MURRAY STATE 68:
Robert Covington scored 17 points and Kenny Moore came off the bench to tally
16, including a pair of clutch free throws with 3.2 seconds remaining as
Tennessee State rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to stun previously
unbeaten and No. 7-ranked Murray State, snapping the Racers' school and Ohio
Valley Conference record streak of 23 straight wins to start a season and
18-game homecourt winning streak.
Murray State (23-1, 11-1 OVC) was
the last remaining undefeated team in Division I.
Trailing 48-35 early in the second half, Tennessee State (16-10, 9-4 OVC)
rallied behind Moore and Patrick Miller, who finished with 12 points, as the
Tigers finally took the lead at 56-55 on a rebound basket by Kellen Thornton.
Leading 67-65 with 41.7 seconds
left, Covington tipped in a missed shot to increase Tennessee State’s lead to
69-65 and Murray State was not able to pull off the comeback.
Isaiah Canaan scored a game-high 31
points to lead the Racers, but he got little help as Donte Poole was the only
other player in double figures for Murray State with 10, all of which came in
the first half.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Tennessee State
snapped an eight-game losing streak to Murray State and claimed its first
regulation win over the Racers since 1996. … The Tigers also clinched their first
winning season in 16 years (1995-95). … Canaan notched his fourth 30-point game
of the season for Murray State.