Jacksonville State Tops Murray State 68-65 in OT
By Murray State Athletics
EVANSVILLE - The Murray State Racers suffered a heartbreaking end to the 2020-21 season in a 68-65 overtime defeat to the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in the quarterfinals of the 58th Ohio Valley Conference Tournament Thursday at the Ford Center in Evansville, Indiana.

The loss for the Racers ends their season at 13-13 and marks only the fifth time in 35 years they have failed to make the semifinals.

Tevin Brown's 24 points led the Racers and KJ Williams added 23 to go with a team-high nine rebounds.

It looked like the Racers could win it in regulation time when Williams scored for a 52-46 lead with 4:27 remaining. The Gamecocks answered with 7-0 run to take a 53-52 lead at 2:29. Justice Hill hit a 3-pointer for another MSU lead with 1:29 left, but JSU's Darian Adams a three and it took a driving shot by Brown with 27 seconds remaining to send the game into overtime.

In overtime, Brown hit a 3-pointer with 2:08 left for a 65-63 lead, but it was the final basket the Racers scored. JSU had a 5-0 run to take a 68-65 lead. The Racers had two good looks from the 3-point line to force a second overtime, but the shots by Williams and Hill wouldn't go in.

In the first half, MSU enjoyed their largest lead of the game at 31-24 on Brown's jumper at 2:21, but had to settle for a 31-29 lead at the halftime intermission. The Racers went ahead by six points with 12:22 left as their biggest lead in the second half. They held the same lead with 4:27 remaining before JSU forced late-game drama.

The game ended with the Racers shooting 41 percent from the field (26-of-64), while JSU was at 39 percent (23-of-59). JSU outscored the Racers 8-to-5 from the 3-point and had a six-point advantage from the free throw line.

Published 11:06 PM, Thursday Mar. 04, 2021
Updated 11:10 PM, Thursday Mar. 04, 2021



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