The Murray State Racers rolled to their seventh-straight win Saturday with a 103-67 victory over the Southeast Missouri State Redhawks at the CFSB Center in Murray, Kentucky.
The Racers (23-4) won for the seventh-straight time in recording their second 100-point game in league play. MSU is 14-2 in league play, still in a share of first place in the Ohio Valley Conference with two games remaining in the 2018-19 regular season.
Ja Morant led the Racers with 23 points and 12 assists for his 12th consecutive game of 20 points or more and his 16th game this season of double-digit assists. Tevin Brown hit five 3-pointers on his way to 21 points and Shaq Buchanan added 16 points. KJ Williams and Darnell Cowart each added 12 points to give MSU five players in double-figure scoring.
Before the game was eight minutes old, the Racers had a 22-11 lead on the strength of three 3-point baskets from Brown. His fourth 3-pointer of the game and a perfect alley oop lob dunk from Morant to Buchanan at the 2:51 mark put the Racers in front 44-23. Brown capped the first stanza with a buzzer-beating 3-pointer and the Racers went into the halftime intermission with a 51-26 lead.
The Racers eventually pushed their lead to 33 points on a 3-pointer from Mike Davis at 84-51 with 6:13 left.
Game Notes The Racers have won the last four against SEMO and the last two at home. MSU leads the all-time series 60-21 and are 28-10 at home.
The Racers are 14-1 this season at the CFSB Center and have won four in a row. Coach Matt McMahon's Racers are 28-3 in the last two seasons. McMahon's total home record in his four seasons is 48-11 and 27-6 in the OVC.
The Racers enter the final week of the regular season still with a chance at an outright OVC championship or at the very least, a share of it with Belmont. The Bruins defeated SIUE 97-75 at home tonight to keep pace with the Racers.
Morant has 12-straight games of 20-points scoring or more, 13 of 25-points or more and five of 30-points or more. He has 16 games of 10 or more assists and currently owns eight of the top-11 assist games in MSU history.
Morant now has another accolade to add after he surpassed Cameron Payne (2014-15) for the most combined points and assists in a single-season. That is among those who had at least 100 assists. Morant now has 660 points and 277 assists for a total OF 937, better than the 707 points/209 assists Payne had in the 2014-15 season for a total of 916.
Morant is also moving up the single-season scoring list at MSU. After his 23 points tonight, he has 660 this season and is No. 11 on the list. Morant is just behind No. 10 Popeye Jones who had 666 points in the 1990-91 season.
Murray State has a split road/home week when they travel to Morehead State Thursday (Feb. 28) for a 6:30 p.m. CT tip at Johnson Arena. The Racers come home Saturday (March 2) to host Austin Peay at 7 p.m. in the next chapter of the Heritage Bank Battle of the Border. The game will also be Senior Day at The Bank as Shaq Buchanan and Brion Sanchious play their final regular season game in front of the home fans.
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