Sunday, January 20, 2013

One half is better than none

In all but three games this season the Racers have scored more points in the second half than they did in the first. Murray State has stablished themselves as a second half team who is capable of climbing out of the holes they dig themselves in.

Last night was no different. We outscored our first half by 24 points.

The Cougars jumped out to a 14 point lead at 24-10 and went to the locker room up by 11. Isaiah was short on his shots, Wilson turned the ball over, we missed lay-ups. Dexter Fields didn't take one shot after finishing the second half of Thursday's game 4 for 4.  It was the perfect storm for what I would have considered a colossal upset.

After the 16 minute mark of the second half the Racers started to trim that lead. 

Dexter Fields buried his fifth straight three. Canaan also connected on a triple and was able to weave his way to the basket. Brandon Garrett was doing work, along side Ed on the interior. The guy who stepped up the most in the second half, Stacey Wilson.

After Dexter had a huge second half Thursday, Stacey took the role last night. After Wilson buried a couple threes including one from deep, the SIU-E zone really spread out allowing Ed and Garrett to get the ball in scoring position down low and for Canaan to be able to get to the basket. That led to four starters finishing in double figures.

As Murray State made their run in the second half the crowd became electric. I haven't heard it that loud since we played Western on December 16th. It's a good thing sobriety isn't required at a basketball game because the guys in the power ranger suits had the student section chanting and standing for most of the game. It wasn't so much SIU-E falling apart due to the large crowd making a lot of noise. It had more effect on the Racers intensity as they fed off the crowd. People, when you are the game you can effect the outcome.

With the 70-61 victory Murray State now moves to 3 games ahead in the loss column in the OVC West. The magic number to clinch the West is now 8.

Up Next: Tennessee Tech on Thursday. Maybe then we will see the Racers throw together two halves of play. When they do they can be scary good. 

Here are the highlights from the second half because Lord knows we don't want to see the first.





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