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Murray State beats Southern Illinois 80-52

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) Ja Morant scored 23 points, distributed 13 assists and grabbed five rebounds, Tevin Brown added a career-high 20 poins with 6 of 11 3-pointers, and Murray State beat regional rival Southern Illinois 80-52 on Wednesday night to win its third straight.

Brion Whitley added a career-high 10 and KJ Williams blocked two shots and scored 10 points for the Racers (6-1), who made 11 of 26 3-pointers and held the Salukis to 31 percent shooting.

The Racers hit three 3-pointers in their opening 13-5 run and Murray State pulled away on 20-3 run capped by Brown's 3 and led 49-18 at halftime.

It's the lowest amount of points the Racers have allowed in a half since giving up 16 points to SIU Edwardsville on Feb. 12, 2015.

Williams dunked for a 59-29 Murray State lead early in the second half and the Racers led 75-45 with 4:30 to play after scoring seven straight.

Eric McGill scored 19 points and grabbed nine rebounds, Aaron Cook added 14 points and Sean Lloyd Jr. scored 11 for Southern Illinois (7-4), which saw its five-game win streak end.

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Key Players
J. Morant
M. Bartley
31.1 Min. Per Game 31.1
4.9 Pts. Per Game 4.9
3.5 Ast. Per Game 3.5
2.8 Reb. Per Game 2.8
55.9 Field Goal % 33.3
42.1 Three Point % 30.8
84.2 Free Throw % 63.6
+ 1 Aaron Cook made 3rd of 3 free throws 8.0
  Aaron Cook missed 2nd of 3 free throws 8.0
+ 1 Aaron Cook made 1st of 3 free throws 8.0
  Shooting foul on Jalen Johnson 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Sean Lloyd Jr. 22.0
  Brion Whitley missed 3-pt. jump shot 24.0
  Defensive rebound by Jalen Johnson 48.0
  Aaron Cook missed driving dunk 50.0
  Defensive rebound by Thik Bol 1:13
  Jaiveon Eaves missed jump shot 1:15
  Defensive rebound by Devin Gilmore 1:18
Team Stats
Points 80 52
Field Goals 31-64 (48.4%) 16-51 (31.4%)
3-Pointers 11-26 (42.3%) 3-14 (21.4%)
Free Throws 7-7 (100.0%) 17-26 (65.4%)
Total Rebounds 38 35
Offensive 10 10
Defensive 26 18
Team 2 7
Assists 20 6
Steals 10 6
Blocks 3 7
Turnovers 11 15
Fouls 20 5
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 5 REB, 13 AST
19 PTS, 10 REB
12T
away team logo Murray St. 6-1 493180
home team logo S. Illinois 7-4 183452
Team Stats
away team logo Murray St. 6-1 82.6 PPG 40.3 RPG 17.9 APG
home team logo S. Illinois 7-4 68.6 PPG 36.7 RPG 13.7 APG
Key Players
12
J. Morant G 24.5 PPG 5.7 RPG 10.0 APG 49.9 FG%
4
E. McGill G 9.5 PPG 5.7 RPG 2.4 APG 47.1 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Morant G 23 PTS 5 REB 13 AST
E. McGill G 19 PTS 10 REB 0 AST
48.4 FG% 31.4
42.3 3PT FG% 21.4
100.0 FT% 65.4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morant 23 5 13 8/12 2/3 5/5 1 36 3 0 3 1 4
T. Brown 20 3 3 7/13 6/11 0/0 2 33 2 1 0 1 2
M. Davis 9 9 1 4/6 1/3 0/0 3 33 1 0 0 3 6
B. Sanchious 2 6 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 5 21 0 0 3 2 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morant 23 5 13 8/12 2/3 5/5 1 36 3 0 3 1 4
T. Brown 20 3 3 7/13 6/11 0/0 2 33 2 1 0 1 2
M. Davis 9 9 1 4/6 1/3 0/0 3 33 1 0 0 3 6
B. Sanchious 2 6 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 5 21 0 0 3 2 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
B. Whitley 10 0 0 4/8 2/4 0/0 0 11 1 0 1 0 0
K. Williams 10 3 0 4/5 0/0 2/2 4 15 0 2 1 2 1
S. Buchanan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Eaves 0 1 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 1
D. Gilmore 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1
D. Cowart 0 3 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 2 9 0 0 0 1 2
J. Johnson 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 1
A. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 80 36 20 31/64 11/26 7/7 20 171 10 3 11 10 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. McGill 19 10 0 7/12 1/3 4/5 0 36 2 0 2 1 9
A. Cook 14 0 2 2/8 2/3 8/11 0 33 2 1 3 0 0
S. Lloyd Jr. 11 3 1 3/9 0/3 5/8 0 34 1 0 3 2 1
K. Pippen 4 7 2 2/7 0/0 0/1 2 22 0 5 2 2 5
M. Bartley 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 28 1 0 2 1 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
E. McGill 19 10 0 7/12 1/3 4/5 0 36 2 0 2 1 9
A. Cook 14 0 2 2/8 2/3 8/11 0 33 2 1 3 0 0
S. Lloyd Jr. 11 3 1 3/9 0/3 5/8 0 34 1 0 3 2 1
K. Pippen 4 7 2 2/7 0/0 0/1 2 22 0 5 2 2 5
M. Bartley 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 28 1 0 2 1 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
R. Stradnieks 2 2 0 1/5 0/2 0/1 1 11 0 0 0 2 0
T. Bol 2 4 0 1/6 0/0 0/0 1 22 0 1 0 2 2
B. Gooch 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 8 0 0 1 0 0
D. Beane 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 6 0 0 2 0 1
A. Fletcher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gardner - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Fall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Swedura - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Shafer - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Dembele - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 52 28 6 16/51 3/14 17/26 5 200 6 7 15 10 18