Aggie men’s basketball, ranked #10 nationally, face a pair of tough regional road games
February 24, 2020
The Murray State Men’s Basketball Team came into their game February 17 against 12th-ranked Northern Oklahoma College-Tonkawa undefeated (12-0) in regional play, 21-and-three overall and ranked 10th in NJCAA national polls. The Aggies faced a tough Maverick team which was 23-and-three overall this season and had not lost a home game since late November.
Northern Oklahoma College jumped out to an early lead in the game following 10 first-half points from their leading scorer Demaree King who received two technical fouls late in the half and was ejected from the game. After trailing 43-37 at halftime, the Aggies battled back to lead 51-50 midway through the second half. The Mavericks responded to the surge of offense from Murray State with a 42-16 run in the final 14 minutes of the game, handing the Aggies their first conference loss of the season, 92-67. The Aggies were led in scoring by redshirt freshman Cedric Garrett with 19 points and sophomore Shem’mario Stephens with 15 points.The loss set up a battle for the top spot in the region against Northeastern Oklahoma State A&M on February 20, with both teams entering the game with 12 wins and one loss in regional play. The Aggies fell behind early, trailing 34-25 at halftime. Despite a strong defensive effort against NEO’s leading scorer Rudi Williams, who leads the region in points scored this season with 516, the Aggies were unable to catch the hot-handed Norseman late in the game, falling 88-74. Murray State was led in scoring by Stephens with 18 points and Garrett with 16 points. The loss drops the Aggies to second place in the region and 21-and-five overall going into their final home game February 24 versus Northern Oklahoma College-Enid before going on the road February 27 to take on Connors State College in their final game of the regular season.