Eastern Kentucky vs Murray State

E Kentucky hangs on to defeat Murray State 86-83


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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Corey Walden scored 5 of his 24 points down the stretch as No. 3 seed Eastern Kentucky held on to defeat second-seeded Murray State 86-83 in an Ohio Valley semifinal Friday night.

Eastern Kentucky (23-9) will play top-seeded Belmont (24-8) in the championship game on Saturday.

Orlando Williams scored to give EKU a 66-55 lead with 10:18 remaining before T.J. Sapp hit a 3-pointer for Murray State to tie it at 79 with 1:33 left. Walden answered with five straight points and Glenn Cosey made two of four free throw attempts to make it 86-83 with 18 seconds left. Murray State's Jeffery Moss and Cameron Payne each missed 3-pointers to end the game.

Walden was 9 of 14 from the field and had six steals. Cosey finished with 17 points.

Payne scored 24 points and Moss added 18 for Murray State (18-11).

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Ohio Valley
EastConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Belmont15-123-760
Morehead St.10-614-16200
Jax. State9-720-15151
Tenn. St.8-817-13161
Tenn. Tech8-812-20277
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WestConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UT Martin10-622-13164
SE Missouri St.9-715-18274
Murray St.8-816-17230
Austin Peay7-911-19261
Eastern Ill.6-1014-15265
SIUE1-156-24333
 
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