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Murray State Uses Big Second Half to Put Away Southern Illinois

Murray State used a 50-point second half to pull away from Southern Illinois and earn an 81-73 win Saturday night.

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Here’s a game recap from MSU:

The Murray State Racers used a 50-point second half to overtake the Southern Illinois Salukis for an 81-73 win Saturday at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.

The Racers improved to 3-1 and the Salukis dropped to 2-2. The game started a three-game home stand for MSU as Harris-Stowe comes to the CFSB Center Tuesday and Florida A&M next Saturday (Dec. 2).

Jonathan Stark scored a game-high 27 points on 5-of-10 3-point shooting and ended the game a pair of assists from a double-double. Miller had his third double-double this season with 16 points and 10 rebounds, while Shaq Buchanan went 6-of-7 from the field with a pair of threes for 15 points. Anthony Smith added 12 points in 20 minutes off the bench hitting 4-of-4 from the field and 4-of-4 from the line.

Trailing 37-31 at halftime, the Racers got going with 12:26 left when Miller hit a 3-pointer followed by a loose ball scramble that ended with a Stark to Jalen Dupree alley-oop. The Racers’ 51-49 lead was their first since the 8:38 mark of the first half when it was 20-19.

Murray State took the lead for good when Stark hit a deep 3-point basket with 4:24 remaining for a 66-65 lead. Stark and Buchanan each nailed threes to keep the Racers in front and they hit 6-of-8 36219from the free throw line in the final 42 seconds to seal the win.

The Racers won the battle of the boards 38-28 after they trailed at the half 16-14. MSU also outscored SIU 11-0 from the free throw line in the second half.

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