No. 21 Murray St overtakes UT Martin for 16th straight win

MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — KJ Williams hit a three-point play with 10 seconds left and No. 21 Murray State beat UT Martin 62-60 on Saturday for its 16th straight victory.

Led 59-54 with less than three minutes to play, the Racers rallied. Williams capped the comeback with a layup and a foul shot to overcome a 60-59 deficit — Murray State made just two baskets in the final nine minutes.

Tevin Brown hit five 3s and scored 18 points for Murray State (26-2, 15-0 Ohio Valley Conference). The Racers have won 10 straight against UT Martin.

KJ Simon scored 24 points for the Skyhawks (8-20, 4-12), who have dropped five in a row. Koby Jeffries added eight points.


The Skyhawks took an early 7-0 lead and shot 65% as they moved up 33-27 at halftime. But they started the second half with a shot clock violation and then proceeded to go 1 of 7 from the field, helping Murray State to a 12-2 run.

UT Martin trailed 54-47 before scoring 12 straight points.

BIG PICTURE

UT Martin: The Skyhawks played the last 27 minutes without KK Curry, who suffered a lower back injury and didn’t return. Curry had a career-high 24 points in the Skyhawks’ last game against Morehead State.

Murray State: The Racers, who are second in the conference in field goal percentage, made just 33.9 percent of their shots.

CONSEQUENCES OF THE SURVEY

The win could be enough to push Murray State into the top 20 when the rankings are released on Monday.

FOLLOWING

UT Martin: Will visit Southeast Missouri on Thursday night.

Murray State: will host its final home game against Belmont on Thursday night.

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