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Morant leads Murray State past Missouri State 77-66

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) Ja Morant scored a career-best 29 points with 13 rebounds and 12 assists to lead Murray State past Missouri State 77-66 on Saturday night.

Morant was 9 of 18 from the field including six from long range for the Racers (3-0). Shaq Buchanan added 20 points and three assists.

The Racers lunged to a 20-6 start with the help of two 3-pointers by Morant and a dunk by Anthony Smith and led all the way, building to a 35-25 advantage at the break.

Tevin Brown nailed a 3-pointer and Morant and Brion Sanchious dunked as part of a 9-4 surge to open the second half that gave Murray State a 44-29 lead. Jarred Dixon's layup with 3:39 to play got Missouri State as close as 64-58 before Morant sank back-to-back 3s to keep the Racers on top.

Jarred Dixon scored 18 points to lead the Bears (3-3). Obediah Church added 15 points and nine rebounds.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Ja Morant 35.0
  Obediah Church missed 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Obediah Church made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Personal foul on Mike Davis 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Obediah Church 35.0
  Ja Morant missed 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Ja Morant made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Shooting foul on Jarred Dixon 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Ja Morant 37.0
  Keandre Cook missed 3-pt. jump shot 39.0
  Lost ball turnover on Darnell Cowart, stolen by Josh Webster 52.0
Team Stats
Points 0 0
Field Goals 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
3-Pointers 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Free Throws 0-0 (0.0%) 0-0 (0.0%)
Total Rebounds 0 0
Offensive 0 0
Defensive 0 0
Team 0 0
Assists 0 0
Steals 0 0
Blocks 0 0
Turnovers 0 0
Fouls 0 0
Technicals 0 0
12T
away team logo Missouri State 3-3 254166
home team logo Murray State 3-0 354277
Team Stats
away team logo Missouri State 3-3 68.9 PPG 33.4 RPG 11.1 APG
home team logo Murray State 3-0 82.6 PPG 40.3 RPG 17.9 APG
Key Players
30
T. Da Silva 14.3 PPG 7.4 RPG 0.7 APG 55.4 FG%
12
J. Morant 24.5 PPG 5.7 RPG 10.0 APG 49.9 FG%
Top Scorers
PTS REB AST
PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Starters
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Bench
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB