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Cowart scores 20 off bench, Murray St. wins OVC opener 90-69

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) Darnell Cowart scored 20 points off the bench and grabbed nine rebounds, leading four into double-figure scoring and Murray State topped Morehead State 90-69 to kick off defense of its Ohio Valley Conference championship Thursday night.

Ja Morant added 16 points, Shaq Buchanan 15 and KJ Williams 14 for the Racers (10-2), who advanced to the NCAA Tournament last season. The Racers are 8-0 at home this season. Murray State's losses were to Southeastern Conference teams Alabama and then-No. 7 Auburn.

Jordan Walker pushed Morehead State (4-10) to a 20-19 lead midway through the first half, but Morant answered with a 3 a half-minute later and the Racers went off on a 13-2 run. The Eagles have not won at Murray State since 2003.

Lamontray Harris led Morehead State with 19 points and seven rebounds, Walker scored 14.

Murray State shot 66 percent from the floor, 19 of 29, in the first half to lead 45-26 at the break. The Racers dominated the paint 64-22 and scored 23 points off turnovers.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
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 Morehead State 4-10 264369
home team logo Murray State 10-2 454590
Team Stats
away team logo Morehead State 4-10 73.7 PPG 38.7 RPG 13.3 APG
home team logo Murray State 10-2 83.3 PPG 40.2 RPG 18.1 APG
Key Players
2
J. Walker 15.8 PPG 3.5 RPG 2.6 APG 42.1 FG%
12
J. Morant 24.6 PPG 5.5 RPG 10.0 APG 50.3 FG%
Top Scorers
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PTS REB AST
0 FG% 0
0 3PT FG% 0
0 FT% 0
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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