Brown, Williams rally No. 23 Murray St past Morehead St
By GARY B. GRAVES
MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) Tevin Brown made a go-ahead layup with 16 seconds remaining and KJ Williams added two free throws 12 seconds later as No. 23 Murray State rallied past Morehead State 57-53 Saturday for its 14th consecutive victory.
The Racers (24-2, 14-0 Ohio Valley Conference) trailed 50-42 with 4:24 left before clawing back to lead 53-50 with 1:01 left as Williams made baskets less than a minute apart. Tray Hollowell's 3-pointer with 36 seconds left tied the game before Brown drove inside for the go-ahead basket and Williams rebounded Ta'Lon Cooper's missed layup with four seconds remaining.
Williams was fouled and knocked down both free throws before making a steal to seal the tense road victory, Murray State's second in three days. He made 8 of 14 shots to finish with 21 points with 12 rebounds.
Johni Broome had 14 points and 12 rebounds for Morehead State (19-8, 11-3) which had its 20-game home winning streak stopped.
Murray State won despite shooting 36% and just 3 of 19 from behind the arc. But the Racers were 2 of 5 after halftime, and those made the difference as they won the final regular-season meeting with Morehead as OVC members. Murray is leaving for the Missouri Valley Conference after this season.
Murray State figures to gain some spots by staying hot and adding a gut check win.
Murray State: The Racers trailed early because of mistakes and an overreliance of 3-pointers. They stuck with the plan and whittled down the lead for perhaps their biggest win in a string of triumphs.
Morehead State: The Eagles started 7 of 8 from the field and seemed to make baskets they needed to keep Murray at bay. They suddenly went cold, missing four of their final shots in the last 4 1/2 minutes as their home streak ended.
Murray State returns home against Austin Peay on Thursday night.
Morehead State visits UT Martin on Wednesday night.
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Updated February 12, 2022