Murray St. pulls away from S. Illinois on Stark's 27 PTs (Nov 25, 2017)

BY AP • November 25, 2017

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) Jonathan Stark scored 27 points and Terrell Miller Jr., had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Murray State beat Southern Illinois 81-73 on Saturday night.

Stark, who also passed out eight assists and grabbed five rebounds, was 5-for-10 shooting from 3-point range.

The Racers trailed 37-31 at intermission then outscored Southern Illinois 15-9 and tied it at 46 with Miller's 3-pointer with 14:35 left. Stark later hit a 3, and Shaq Buchannan made back-to-back 3-pointers for a 69-65 lead with 3:40 to go and the Racers never trailed again. Stark and Buchannan shot a combined 6 of 8 from the free throw line in the last 42 seconds.

Buchanan added 15 points for Murray State (3-1) shooting 6 for 7, and Anthony Smith scored 12 points and made all four of his field goals and all four free throws.

Sean Lloyd Jr., led Southern Illinois (2-2) with 19 points and Kavion Pippen had 12.

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