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Govs fall to the Racers, drop to 3rd in OVC

By ANTHONY SHINGLER

Senior Staff Writer

In front of a packed house, the Govs played host to rival Murray State on Saturday, Feb. 5, with first place in the conference standing on the line.

Despite outshooting the Racers by making 50 percent (25-of-50) of their shots from the field, the Govs did not hold on to the top spot.

Murray State defeated the Govs 67-58 to overtake first place in the OVC standings. The Govs (15-10, 9-4 OVC) fell into a tie for second place with Morehead State (17-8, 9-4 OVC).

“We’re all disappointed, the players and coaches, but you have to do your best and tonight we didn’t,” said head coach Dave Loos.

“Not to take anything away from them, but we didn’t play our best tonight.”

Down 24-22 at halftime, the Govs watched Murray State race on a 20-8 run the first eight minutes and 43 seconds of the second half. The run put the Racers up 48-30.

We knew that Isaiah Canaan could stick the ball in the basket and he had a big half and that didn’t help our cause either,” said Loos.

The Govs countered with a 19-8 run to cut the Murray State lead to 56-49 with 2:18 left in the game.

However, the Govs could not completely close the gap. Murray State closed out the game on an 11-9 final run to take the victory.

Murray State dominated the offensive glass 11 to 4. They also scored 18 points on Govs turnovers.

“We have trouble scoring in the half court if we don’t turn people over and we didn’t tonight. We can have some trouble scoring and that leads to some of those dry spells,” said Loos.

“Four (offensive) rebounds, that isn’t enough, the offensive boards haven’t been our main problem it’s been on defense, surprising.”

The Govs did control the paint. They outscored the Racers 36 to 28 in the area led by Will Triggs 15 points and seven rebounds.

The Govs shot an ice cold 2-of-13 (15 percent) from the three-point line and 6-of-11 from the free throw line.

Josh Terry’s 17 points led the Govs. He also grabbed two rebounds. Caleb Brown scored 10 points on four-of nine shooting and dished out nine assists.

The OVC’s leading scorer Tyshwan Edmondson was held to 3-of-15 from the field. He also shot 0-of-6 from three-point range for seven points.  John Fraley pulled down eight boards.

“We’re all disappointed, the players and coaches, but you have to do your best and tonight we didn’t,” said Loos.

“Not to take anything away from them, but we didn’t play our best tonight.”

The Govs will return to action Saturday, Feb. 12, at home against the Tennessee State University Tigers. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. TAS

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