Murray St. 69, Tennessee St. 48
MURRAY, Ky. (AP)
Isaiah Canaan added 16 points and four assists as the Racers' (18-5, 9-2) won for the seventh time in their last eight games.
A 25-8 run by the Racers in the second half sealed the win.
Tennessee State (14-11, 8-4) came up with 22 offensive rebounds, but Murray State held the Tigers to 28.8 percent field goal shooting (17 of 59) and forced them into 19 turnovers.
Kellen Thornton, who is second to Daniel in the OVC in rebounding with 9.5 per game, led Tennessee State in scoring with 12 points.
Murray State took a 9-3 lead in the opening 3 1/2 minutes and led by as many as 12 points en route to a 32-23 halftime lead.
Tennessee State opened the second half with a 10-5 run to pull to within 37-33 before Canaan's 3-pointer made it a seven-point Racers lead with 14:40 on the clock.
Robert Covington answered with a 3 for the Tigers, who continued to build momentum as they cut Murray State's lead to 42-40 with 11:40 to go.
A year ago, Feb. 9, 2012, Tennessee State did what no other team could during last year's regular season - beat Murray State. That loss ended the Racers' streak of 23 straight wins to start the season. Murray State was the final undefeated team in the nation at the time.
The Racers met the Tigers again in the OVC tournament final, and Jewuan Long hit the go-ahead shot with 4 seconds remaining to send Murray State into the NCAA tournament with 30 wins.