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Late surge propels MSC men’s basketball team to win, remain undefeated in regional play

February 04, 2020

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After dominating early and leading Connors State College 49-35 at halftime on January 27, the Murray State College Men’s Basketball Team had to rely on defense late to rebuff several late-scoring runs by the Cowboys.  Ultimately, the Aggies, who had five players score in double digits, held on for a 81-72 win over Connors State. Sophomore Kyle Murray led the Aggies with 16 points, redshirt freshman Cedric Garret scored 15 and had nine rebounds, and freshman Jerry Carraway added 14 points in the win.

On January 30, the Aggies, who were ranked #21 in the latest NJCAA national polls, traveled to El Reno to take on Redlands Community College. The Aggies entered the game on a nine-game winning streak and looking to remain undefeated in regional play.  After pulling ahead early in the game, the Aggies expanded their lead late in the first half to be up 44 to 29 at halftime. The second half saw a resurgence from the Cougars, who cut the Aggie lead to eight early and continued to keep themselves within striking distance through the final 15 minutes of the game. A late-scoring run by the Aggies helped them maintain a lead to secure a 75-66 win over Redlands and remain the top team in the region.

Murray State was led in scoring by El Reno High School graduate and Aggie freshman Dyson Plumley who scored 20 points in front of his hometown crowd. Sophomore Shem’mario Stephens scored 14 points and freshman Andre Washington added 10 points and led the Aggies with eight rebounds. The win improves the Aggie record to nine wins and zero losses in regional play and 18 and three overall. Next, Aggie men welcome the Western Oklahoma State College Pioneers to Beames Fieldhouse on February 6.