November 25, 2015

Wayne Langston scored 17 points as Murray State rallied from a halftime deficit for a second straight for a 59-55 win over Pepperdine in the Gulf Coast Showcase semifinals. Trailing 53-51 with 2:45 left, the Racers finished the game on an 8-2 run on baskets from Chad Culbreath and Langston, and a pair of free throws from Bryce Jones and a couple from Jeffery Moss who added 12 points. The Racers were outrebounded 39-27, but scored 20 points off 20 Pepperdine turnovers while holding the Waves to 2-12 shooting behind the arc. Racer head coach Matt McMahon had nothing but praise for his team. Pepperdine’s defense led to several Racer scoring droughts according to Jeffery Moss. In the other semifinal, Weber State breezed past Drake 74-58. The Racers will meet the Wildcats in tonight’s 7:30 championship game. Airtime tonight is 6:55 on Froggy and Froggy In other OVC games:

Belmont 80, Kennesaw State 55
Morehead State 85, Marshall 61
Tennessee Tech 86, Jackson State 82 (OT)
Campbell 77, SIUe 74
Tennessee State 77, Reinhardt 61
UTPA 83, SEMO 74
Alabama A&M 73, Jacksonville State 69

Loren Cagle led a trio of 20-point scorers with 26 points as Lipscomb downed Murray State 93-85 last night in Nashville, handing the Racers their third consecutive loss. Ke’Shunan James led the Racers with 20 points and 11 rebounds and LeAsia Wright scored 17 as the Racers dropped to 2-3 on the season. While Lipscomb was making 12 three pointers, the Racers were a mere 5 of 30 behind the arc. The Racers return to action Saturday at Central Arkansas.

Northern Illinois 79, Eastern Illinois 63
Southeast Missouri 89, Western Illinois 84
Eastern Kentucky 77, Miami (Ohio) 72 (OT)
Samford 50, Jacksonville State 39
Missouri 75, SIUE 46
Illinois 98, Tennessee State 43
Belmont 78, Alabama A&M 28

Alex Poythress had 14 points and 10 rebounds as top-ranked Kentucky beat Boston University 82-62 on Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. Skal Labissiere led the Cats with 16 points, while Tyler Ulis added 15 points and a team high 6 assists. UK made 52% from the field and but struggled at the line, making 13 of 26, and only 3 of 15 behind the arc. The Cats dominated the boards 44-21 to improve to 5-0 on the season heading into Friday game with South Florida.

Louisville shot 61% from the field and cruised to an 85-41 win over St. Francis on Tuesday at the Yum Center. Damion Lee scored 21 points as the Cardinals improved to 4-0.

Tennessee 95, Army 80
Vanderbilt 86, Wake Forest 64
NC State 83, LSU 72 (OT)
Northwestern 67, Missouri 62
WKU 88, Central Michigan 60
SIU 97, Oakland 88

Murray State’s KD Humphries, Roman Clay, Jesse Blackburn, and DeQuinten Spraggins were all named to the 2015 All-OVC second team. This is the first post-season conference honor for all four and it marks the largest number of Racers to earn All-OVC honors since the 2011 season. The top OVC winners were:

Offensive Player of the Year: Eli Jenkins (QB), Jacksonville State

Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Dino Fanti (DT), Eastern Illinois

Co-Defensive Player of the Year: Noah Spence (DE), Eastern Kentucky

Freshman of the Year: Dante Vandeven (QB), Southeast Missouri

Coach of the Year: John Grass, Jacksonville State

Harriet Withers was named as the College Matildas Player of the Year Tuesday, in addition to being named Sophomore of the Year, Forward of the Year, Top Goalscorer, and Assists Leader. College Matildas is a website dedicated to following the careers of Australian women playing Division I soccer in the United States. Withers was also named OVC Offensive Player of the Year after leading the Racers to the OVC regular season and tournament championships.