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
Belmont12-420-1295
Tenn. St.11-520-11148
Tenn. Tech11-519-11134
Morehead St.11-523-14127
Eastern Ky.6-1015-16210
Jax. State4-128-23309
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UT Martin10-620-15212
Murray St.10-617-14169
Eastern Ill.9-713-17271
Austin Peay7-918-18189
SIUE3-136-22305
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