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Racers Lose Battle with Big East’s Marquette

Murray State Racers’s record-setting season came to an end this afternoon with a 62-53 loss to Marquette, the third seed in the west region.

The Racers were able to fight out a poor shooting first half where the team hit 11 of 29 field goals, but only managed to sink two of 10 shots from long range.  Murray State used strong defense to hold the Golden Eagles to only 34.4 percent shooting in the half.  The Racers’ defense held strong to take a 28-25 lead into the locker room.

The second half would be a different story for the Ohio Valley Conference’s highest seed ever, as Marquette outscored them 37-25, holding the team to 25 percent shooting, including 2-11 from long range.

In the second half, the Racers were an efficient 5-6 from the free throw line, and while the Golden Eagles shot 79 percent, they hit 15 of 19, the difference in the game.

Marquette’s Jae Crowder and Darius Johnson-Odom led all scorers with 17 points each, while Isaiah Canaan led the Racers with 16, on 4-17 shooting, but had six points from the charity stripe.

Murray State seniors Jewuan Long with 12, and Dante Poole and Ivan Aska with seven points apiece, finished their careers with a record-setting 104 wins to go against only 28 losses.

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