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DATE & TIME: Saturday, January 25, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: CFSB Center (8,600) -- Murray, Kentucky. Television: None. Home Record: JSU 7-2, MSU 9-1. Away Record: JSU 2-10, MSU 2-7. Neutral Record: JSU 1-1, MSU 0-0. Conference Record: JSU 4-4, MSU 6-1. Series Record: MSU leads, 16-1.
GAME NOTES: The Murray State Racers look to stay hot at home tonight when they host the Jacksonville State Gamecocks in an Ohio Valley Conference matchup at the CFSB Center.
While Murray State has taken care of business on its home floor, Jacksonville State has only two wins in 12 road games this season. The Gamecocks are off to a 1-1 start on their current four-game road swing after topping Austin Peay on Thursday, 71-59. They'll conclude the trip at Morehead State next Saturday.
Murray State notched its seventh consecutive home victory on Thursday with a 92-53 rout over Tennessee Tech. The Racers entered the weekend with a three- game lead in the OVC West Division standings as the other five members of the West are all below .500. Following this tilt, the Racers will hit the road for three straight.
MSU has won 16-of-17 meetings in the all-time series, although Jacksonville State notched a 65-64 win on its home court when these teams last met up a year ago.
JSU senior Brian Williams scored 17 of his career-high 25 points in the second half of Thursday's game against Austin Peay, and he is now the school's all- time leader in starts (89) and minutes played (3,431). He shot a season-best 7-of-10 from the floor and during one stretch scored 11 straight points for the Gamecocks. On the season, he is second on the team in scoring with 12.0 ppg. Top scorer Darion Rackley (12.7 ppg) provided a spark off the bench with 15 points. D.J. Felder was next in line with 11 points to go along with eight rebounds, followed by Avery Moore with 10 points. The Gamecocks converted 17- of-18 free throws as a team, while the Governors were just 14-of-27 at the charity stripe.
Four players are averaging double figures for Murray State, led by OVC Freshman of the Year frontrunner Cameron Payne with 14.8 ppg along with a team-best 5.5 apg. T.J. Sapp (14.4 ppg) and Jeffery Moss (13.0 ppg) stretch the perimeter, where they have combined to shoot a healthy 39.4 percent (54- of-137). Down low, Jarvis Williams is shooting 59 percent from the floor while averaging a double-double (12.9 ppg, 10.4 rpg) as he ranks 13th nationally in rebounding. Williams notched his eighth double-double of the season Thursday night with 12 points and 15 boards. The real difference maker was Moss, who connected on each of his first eight shots from the field, including four straight 3-pointers, and finished with a career-high 31 points. He shot 12- of-18 from the field and 7-of-9 from beyond the arc.
In their win over Tennessee Tech, the Racers came just one 3-pointer shy of matching the school record of 16 set back in 1994. A repeat of that performance isn't likely, but they should be able to handle a JSU squad that has not traveled well.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Murray State 77, Jacksonville State 65
01/25 10:25:32 ET
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