Racers Enter Final Week with Eyes On OVC Title

March 3, 2019

MURRAY STATE RACERS (23-4, 14-2 Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Matt McMahon (Appalachian State, 2000)
Career Record: 82-41 (4th season) • At MUR: Same • OVC: 48-18
 
MOREHEAD STATE EAGLES (11-18, 7-9 Ohio Valley)
Head Coach: Preston Spradlin (Alice Loyd, 2009)
Career Record: 30-48 (3rd season) • At MOR: Same • OVC: 21-29

Date: Feb. 28 Time: 6:30 p.m. CT Site: Morehead, Ky. Arena: Johnson Arena Radio: Racer Radio - WFGE 103.7 FM - PXP-Neal Bradley, Analyst-Kenny Roth TV: None Online Video:ESPN+ Audio: GoRacers.com & Froggy103.com Live Stats: StatBroadcast.com Twitter:@MSURacers @RacersHoops @RacerDave23
 
Series: MSU leads 113-51 Home: MSU leads 61-14 Away: MSU leads 35-32 Neutral: MSU leads 17-4 Last Meeting:  2019 Home MSU won 90-69 Last MOR Win: 2017 at OVC Tournament 75-69 Last MOR win at MOR: 2017 MOR won 101-100 in OT Last 5 Meetings:MOR leads 3-2


The Murray State Racers (23-4, 14-2) enter the final week of the regular season with a chance at the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title when they hit the road Thursday for a 6:30 p.m. CT game at Johnson Arena at Morehead State (11-18, 7-9).

The Racers are coming off a splendid week in which they handled UT Martin 85-75 and SEMO 103-67. The Racers did a lot of things well including shooting 54 percent and holding the Skyhawks and Redhawks to 42 percent. The Racers forced 23 turnovers and only gave it up twice. In the win over SEMO, the Racers had their best assist-to-turnover margin when they dished out 28 assists and only committed eight turnovers.

Murray State's Ja Morant and Darnell Cowart were honored Monday as the Ohio Valley Conference Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week.  Morant tied the OVC record for the most weekly awards in a single-season of eight by Kenneth Faried of Morehead State from the 2010-11 season. Faried also holds the OVC career record with 14. The Murray State record for career weekly awards is 10, set by Isaiah Canaan (2009-13) and Marcus Brown (1992-96).

Out of Dalzell, S.C., Morant had a big week in which he averaged 26.5 points per game to go with 10.5 assists. In a pair of wins against UT Martin and Southeast Missouri, he hit 69 percent from the field, 50 percent from the 3-point line and 81 percent from the free throw line. Against UTM, he scored 30 points, dished out nine assists and grabbed seven rebounds. Against SEMO, Morant had his 17th double-double of the season with 23 points and 12 assists.

The OVC Newcomer of the Week honor for Darnell Cowart is his first and the first for the Racers since Jonathan Stark on Feb. 20, 2017. Cowart, a junior from Chicago, averaged 17 points and 12.5 rebounds per game last week when he hit 56 percent from the field and 85 percent from the free throw line. Against UTM, he was 8-12 from the field for 22 points and he hauled in 13 rebounds. He came back against SEMO Saturday and scored 12 points with 12 rebounds in only 21 minutes of court time.

The Racers go into the final week of the regular season with a share of first place with Belmont, each team at 14-2. The Racers play Thursday at Morehead State and come home Saturday to host Austin Peay in the Heritage Bank Battle of the Border.

 

 

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