Jevon Carter leads West Virginia past Murray State 85-68
SAN DIEGO (AP) — This long into their time together at West Virginia, Bob Huggins is only surprised when Jevon Carter has a bad game.
What Carter did on Friday in the first-round of the East Region against Murray State is simply what Huggins expects.
"I would be shocked if he didn't play that way," Huggins said. "He plays that way all the time. He plays that way in open gym. But he's always done that."
Murray State wins OVC championship
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Jonathan Stark deserved to take a victory lap.
Murray State's star senior paraded around the Ford Center while waving his school's flag after a 68-51 victory over Belmont on Saturday night in the Ohio Valley Conference championship game that earned the Racers a spot in the NCAA Tournament.
The league's player of the year pumped in a game-high 24 points and collected tournament MVP honors after he averaged 27 points the last two days.
EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — Terrell Miller Jr. had 18 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and No. 1 seed Murray State advanced to the Ohio Valley Conference championship with a 70-63 win over No. 4 seed Jacksonville State on Friday night.
Murray State’s Jonathan Stark named OVC player of the year
BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) — Murray State guard Jonathan Stark has been named the Ohio Valley Conference player of the year after leading the Racers to the league's regular-season title.
Austin Peay's Matt Figger was named OVC coach of the year and Austin Peay's Terry Taylor was named freshman of the year Tuesday. Tennessee State's Christian Mekowulu is defensive player of the year.
Award winners were selected by the league's head coaches and sports information directors.
Stark, Murray St. beat Austin Peay, win outright OVC title
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 20 of his 31 points in the second half, the game was delayed for more than three hours due to a leaky roof, and Murray State rallied from 14 down to earn an outright Ohio Valley Conference regular season title with a 73-64 win over Austin Peay on Saturday night.
Miller scores 20 in Murray State’s 76-66 win over EIU
CHARLESTON, Ill. (AP) — Terrell Miller Jr. made four 3-pointers and scored 20 points with 12 rebounds and Murray State picked up its 10th straight victory with a 76-66 win over Eastern Illinois on Thursday night.
The Racers (23-5, 15-2) entered the night tied with Belmont for first in the Ohio Valley Conference. Murray State closes the regular season at Austin Peay on Saturday.
OVC scoring leader Jonathan Stark, Shaq Buchanan and Ja Morant all added 15 points each for Murray State.
Stark scores 30, Murray State wins 9th straight 75-65
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 30 points, Ja Morant added 14 and Murray State won its ninth straight, defeating Tennessee Tech 75-65 Saturday night and keeping pace with Belmont atop the Ohio Valley Conference.
The Racers last loss was 79-72 at Belmont Jan. 18. Murray State (22-5) and Belmont are 14-2 in conference.
Murray State tops Jacksonville State for eighth straight win
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark played all 40 minutes and scored 32 points with five assists and four rebounds to propel Murray State past Jacksonville State 68-60 on Thursday night for its eighth straight victory.
Murray St holds onto OVC lead, tops SIU Edwardsville, 75-66
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Jonathan Stark converted 14 of 16 from the free throw line to put up 28 points and Murray State picked up its seventh straight win to maintain at least a share of first place in the Ohio Valley Conference, knocking off SIU Edwardsville, 75-66 on Saturday afternoon.
Murray State, which picked up its 20th win of the season, came into the game tied with Belmont for first place, two games ahead of Jacksonville State and Austin Peay.
Murray St keeps pace in OVC, rolls past Austin Peay, 84-63
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 27 points and Murray State kept pace with Ohio Valley Conference leader Belmont by thumping archrival Austin Peay, 84-63 on Thursday night.
The Racers entered the night one game back of the Bruins atop the OVC.
Murray State built a 10-point lead by intermission, 38-28, but the Racers were slow out of the blocks to start the second half, scoring just two points on a Stark jumper over the first four minutes and the Governors got within six points, 40-34.
Murray State uses late surge to put away 66-53 victory
MARTIN, Tenn. (AP) — Ja Morant scored 18 points, Jonathan Stark had 17 and Murray State used a late run to pull away from UT Martin 66-53 on Saturday night.
Morant grabbed a game-high eight rebounds and had five assists while Stark made five 3-pointers in the first half for the Racers (18-5, 10-2), who remained alone in second place behind Belmont (11-1) in the Ohio Valley Conference.
Murray St. keeps pace, tops Southeast Missouri St., 87-75
CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Jonathan Stark and Ja Morant combined to score 52 points as Murray State powered past Southeast Missouri State in the second half to post an 87-75 Ohio Valley Conference victory Thursday night.
Murray State stayed one game behind conference-leader Belmont, a 98-63 winner over Eastern Kentucky.
Stark, Miller lead Murray St. past E. Kentucky, 88-73
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 22 points, including six 3-pointers, and Terrell Miller Jr. had his eighth double-double of the season to help Murray State beat Eastern Kentucky 88-73 on Saturday night.
Miller finished with 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting and 12 rebounds. Ja Morant and Byron Hawkins scored 16 points apiece for Murray State (16-5, 8-2 Ohio Valley Conference).
Stark, Miller lead Murray State past Morehead State, 87-81
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 23 points and dished six assists and Terrell Miller Jr. scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds as Murray State beat Morehead State for the 11th straight time, posting an 87-81 Ohio Valley Conference victory Thursday night.
The Racers unveiled a new scoreboard, then lit it up, shooting at a 54-percent clip (29 of 54).
Stark hits 4 3s, scores 25; Murray St. beats Tennessee St.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 25 points, including four 3-pointers, and Ja Morant finished with 12 points, nine rebounds and seven assists to help Murray State beat Tennessee State 76-57 on Saturday night.
Terrell Miller Jr. had 12 points, including 10 in the second half, and Byron Hawkins scored 11 points for Murray State (14-5, 6-2 Ohio Valley).
Mahoney scores 36, SE Missouri St. beats SIU-Edwardsville
EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Denzel Mahoney scored a career-high 36 points to lead Southeast Missouri State to an 86-74 victory over SIU-Edwardsville on Thursday night.
Mahoney's 36 points tied Murray State's Jonathan Stark for the Ohio Valley Conference single-game high this season and the Redhawks (9-11, 3-4) picked up their first Ohio Valley Conference road win.
Belmont rallies past Murray State, 79-72, claims 1st in OVC
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Austin Luke and Dylan Windler each scored 21 points and Belmont used 14 3s to pull away from Murray State in the second half of their Ohio Valley Conference battle Thursday night to claim sole possession of first place.
The Bruins, Racers and Austin Peay were all tied at 5-1 atop the conference going into Thursday's action. The Governors lost to Tennessee State.
Murray State roughs up Tennssee Tech 71-45
COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Jonathan Stark hit four 3-pointers and scored 18 with five assists and three steals and Terrell Miller Jr. notched a double-double as Murray State put the clamps on Tennessee Tech in a 71-45 victory on Saturday night.
Jacksonville State hands Murray State first OVC loss 76-71
JAACKSONVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Marlon Hunter scored 21 points and Malcolm Drumwright added 20, including the clinching free throws with 4.3 seconds left, and Jacksonville State handed Murray State its first league loss 76-71 on Thursday night.
Jason Burnell and Christian Cunningham added 12 points apiece for the Gamecocks (13-5, 4-1 Ohio Valley Conference), who led by 19 points with 11:39 to play.
Stark reaches 1,000; Murray State beats UT Martin 82-68
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 22 points and reached the 1,000-point mark for his career as Murray State beat UT Martin 82-68 on Saturday night.
Stark reached the plateau on a 3-pointer with 16:27 left in the second half. That was near the end of a 14-0 run that gave the Racers (12-3, 4-0 Ohio Valley Conference) a 48-32 lead. Murray State extended the lead to as many as 28 and the Skyhawks (6-11, 1-3) had a 13-0 run late in the period but got no closer than 14 the rest of the way.
Stark scores 36 to help Murray State beat SE Missouri State
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 28 of his season-high 36 points in the second half and freshman Ja Morant had 17 points, five rebounds, seven assists and a career-high five steals to help Murray State beat Southeast Missouri State 89-73 on Thursday night.
Stark scores 27, Murray State beats SIU-Edwardsville 87-63
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jonathan Stark scored 27 points and Murray State beat SIU-Edwardsville 87-63 in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup on Saturday night.
Stark was 7 of 10 from the field and 5 of 7 from beyond the arc for the Racers (10-3, 2-0) who have won three straight. Shaq Buchanan and Bryon Hawkins added 11 points apiece and Ja Morant had 10.
Morant’s triple-double leads Murray St. past E. Illinois
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Ja Morant distributed 14 assists, scored 11 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his first triple-double and Murray State pulled away from Eastern Illinois for an 80-52 win Thursday night to start Ohio Valley Conference play.
Morant, a freshman, topped his previous career high of 12 assists and committed just one turnover in the process. Jonathan Stark led Murray State (9-3) with 21 points, Shaq Buchanan scored 15 and Terrell Miller Jr., 11.
Stark, Morant lead Murray St past Detroit Mercy 81-72
DETROIT (AP) — Jonathan Stark tossed in 21 points and Ja Morant just missed a triple-double to send Murray State to an 81-72 victory over Detroit Mercy on Friday.
Stark hit three 3-pointers and added five assists for the Racers (8-3), while Morant finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists. Terrell Miller Jr. contributed 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots.
Harper’s 11 late points gets Auburn past Murray State 81-77
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jared Harper scored 11 of his 17 points in the final four minutes to help push Auburn past Murray State 81-77 on Tuesday night for its ninth consecutive victory.
Trailing by a point, Harper hit three 3-pointers and added two free throws during a 13-4 run to pull away from the Racers. Auburn (10-1) finished 12 of 27 from behind the arc.
Murray State rolls to 100-63 win over Marist
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Terrell Miller Jr. scored 21 points to lead five players in double-figure scoring as Murray State rolled to a 100-63 win over Marist on Saturday night.
Ja Morant added 16 points and 10 assists for the Racers (7-2). Shaq Buchanan had 14 points, Byron Hawkins added 13 points and Jonathan Stark had 12 points and seven assists.
Bess, Saint Louis halt Murray State’s five-game win streak
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Javon Bess tallied 20 points, six rebounds and five steals and Saint Louis took over to begin the second half and beat Murray State 69-55 on Tuesday night to snap the Racers' five-game win streak.
Murray State holds off Illinois State 78-72, wins 5 in a row
NORMAL, Ill. (AP) — Terrell Miller Jr. scored 25 points, Shaq Buchanan added 16, and Murray State held off Illinois State 78-72 on Saturday to win its fifth straight.
Murray State races past Harris Stowe 85-56
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Terrell Miller Jr. scored 18 points and Jonathan Stark and freshman Ja Morant added 15 points apiece to lead Murray State to an 85-56 victory over NAIA Harris-Stowe on Tuesday night.
Harris-Stowe hung around and trailed 30-21 after Michael Gregg's 3-pointer with 6:49 left in the first half. But Miller had nine points and Stark scored eight as the Racers (4-1) pulled away for a 53-27 halftime lead.
Murray St. pulls away from S. Illinois on Stark’s 27 PTs
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.
Murray State knocks off Wright State for first time, 80-61
DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Terrell Miller Jr. scored 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, and Murray State spoiled Wright State's home opener, beating the Raiders 80-61 on Saturday night.
The Racers (2-1) picked up their first win over Wright State (0-3) in five meetings between the schools.
Jonathan Stark pitched in with 16 points for Murray State, connecting on 4 of 7 3-pointers, while Leroy Buchanan scored 13.
Middle Tennessee holds off Murray State for a 72-67 victory
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Middle Tennessee took the lead on David Simmons' layup with less than six minutes left in the game and held on to beat Murray State, 72-67 for its second win of the season Monday night.
Terrell Miller Jr. got to the basket and his layup pulled Murray State even at 59-59, but Simmons did the same to make it 61-59 and Karl Gamble added two free throws to pad the lead.
Hawkins has 28, Murray State sets record in 118-61 win
MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Byron Hawkins scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting, including five 3-pointers, and Murray State raced to a 118-61 win over NAIA Brescia on Friday night.