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Murray State Now 23-1 After Tennessee State Upset

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(Ricky Martin/Murray Ledger & Times)

The Racers of Murray State were the last NCAA Division 1 school without a loss. Last night, they were handed their first blemish of the season courtesy of Ohio Valley Conference foe Tennessee State. Many expected Murray State to cause a possible conundrum for the NCAA Tournament selection committee if they indeed ran the table in the OVC and finished the season undefeated. This loss does little to Murray State's tourney hopes, they still look like a lock, but it could hurt their seeding.

Isaiah Canaan, who has had an All-American worthy season for the Racers, finished with 31 points including 7 triples in the 72-68 defeat. Fouls and turnovers proved to be the main factor for the loss, as Tennessee State recorded 15 steals. The Tigers were led by junior forward Ronald Covington, who scored 17 points. Covington is having a solid third year, averaging 17.7 ppg and 8 rpg. Senior forward Kenny Moore also scored 16 points off the bench in Tenn State's big win. The Racers will try to rebound against Austin Peay on Saturday and have a major showdown with a solid St. Mary's squad on February 18.

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