NCAAB Game Recap - Murray State at Belmont
Sat Mar 7, 2020 8:00 PM EST

VMI
57
ETSU
70
F
LongI
66
RobM
86
F
Kansas
66
TxTch
62
F
UtSt
59
SDSU
56
F
Maine
50
Vermt
61
F
Denv
69
NDSt
71
F
Murr
75
Belm
76
F
SacHr
72
StFPA
84
F
Woff
77
Furm
68
F
Albany
73
Stony
76
F
IPFW
77
SDSt
74
F
UMassL
75
Hartfo
89
F
GrgWas
51
Dayt
76
F
Chat
78
UNCG
68
F
Pepp
82
StMar
89
F(2OT)
UNH
67
UMBC
73
F
Baylor
64
WVU
76
F
WCU
70
Mercer
56
F
Drake
66
Brad
76
F
USF
72
Pacif
54
F
KY
71
Fla
70
F
Valpa
89
MOSt
82
F
CoCar
63
TexAr
62
F
BC
62
FlaSt
80
F
JMU
61
Elon
63
F
ArkSt
66
ULLa
73
F
Seton
60
Crei
77
F
UNCW
55
Drex
66
F
Lou
54
UVA
57
F
UNC
76
Duke
89
F
Stan
67
Oreg
80
F
Vill
70
GTown
69
F
Aub
85
Tenn
63
F
PSU
69
NW
80
F
Wisc
60
Ind
56
F
Marq
86
StJon
88
F
SCar
74
Vand
83
F
UTEP
77
Rice
72
F
UGA
64
LSU
94
F
LaSal
78
StJos
77
F
Rut
71
Purd
68
F(OT)
VaTec
56
ND
64
F
GMas
65
Ford
61
F
Colora
72
Utah
74
F(OT)
Alab
50
Mizzu
69
F
UCLA
52
USC
54
F
Marsh
82
TexSA
77
F
OkSt
81
Tex
59
F
IaSt
63
KansSt
79
F
Syr
65
Mia-FL
69
F(OT)
NWSt
100
CenAR
85
F
Cal
56
OrSt
74
F
HBU
78
TXAMC
84
F
Ark
69
TexAM
77
F
IdaSt
76
Ida
80
F
Web
69
E WA
78
F
McNee
70
Lamar
66
F
AbCh
71
InWor
68
F(OT)
SamH
57
SFA
68
F
SoMis
62
MidTN
65
F(OT)
Okla
78
TCU
76
F
N CO
75
MTSt
61
F
Corn
85
Princ
82
F
Colum
65
Penn
85
F
Gram
70
AlSt
58
F
TXSo
75
Alc
90
F
PVAM
80
South
89
F(OT)
WaSt
74
AzSt
83
F
Miss
44
MisSt
69
F
DeP
55
Prov
93
F
Charl
43
LaTec
66
F
W Ky
91
FlInt
85
F
SMU
60
SoFL
61
F
URI
64
UMass
63
F
Yale
69
Harv
83
F
Brown
70
Dart
58
F
SeLA
69
NOrl
79
F
JackSt
54
AlaAM
51
F
OlDom
63
UAB
72
F
Temp
63
Cin
64
F
CSBak
61
GrCan
64
F
CBap
76
TexPA
79
F(OT)
StBon
49
StLou
72
F
MsVl
74
ArkPB
71
F
Butl
72
Xav
71
F
S UT
85
Mont
80
F(OT)
UCDav
61
UCRiv
66
F
CAPoly
67
UCSB
69
F
HI
82
CSNor
86
F
Wash
69
Ariz
63
F
Sac
72
PorSt
76
F
LongB
69
CS-Ful
75
F
UMKC
Seatt
Canc
ChiSt
UtVal
Canc

Mar 7, 2020, 8:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

T

(2) Murray State (23-9)

32

43

75

(1) Belmont (26-7)

33

43

76

Scanlon's shot sends Belmont past Murray State for OVC title
Sun Mar 8, 2020 12:18 AM

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) Belmont first-year coach Casey Alexander's favorite number must be three.

Tyler Scanlon scored 17 points including a layup with three seconds remaining to give top-seeded Belmont a 76-75 victory over second-seeded Murray State on Saturday night in the championship game of the Ohio Valley Conference tournament.

Belmont (26-7) won its third OVC tournament and an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament. It was also the third consecutive time the teams have met in the title match. Murray State (23-9) had won the previous two.

"It was a heckuva game played by two really good teams." Alexander said. "I'm glad we had the last possession."

Nick Muszynski scored 25 points to lead the Bruins, and was named the tournament MVP. Adam Kunkel added 16 points and Grayson Murphy had 10.

Tevin Brown scored 17 points for Murray State (23-9). Demond Robinson had 14 points.

Brown hit two free throws to put the Racers up 75-74 with 11.5 seconds to play. Following timeouts from both teams, Kunkel passed the ball to Scanlon cutting under the basket for the game winner.

"It was a play we practice all the time. With all that preparation in the final moment there were no nerves. It was second nature and just execution," Scanlon said.

Belmont's biggest lead was eight points while Murray State had their biggest lead with seven. There were eight lead changes and seven ties. Belmont had a 48-38 advantage in points scored in the paint.

"Our players executed a lot of good actions. We made some big shots and big 3s in the second half," Alexander said. "It was a meaningful win".

It was a physical, fast-paced, and close game from the opening tip. Belmont lead 25-17 with 6:33 remaining in the first half, but the Racers answered with a 14-3 run. Brown scored on a three-point play to give Murray State its first lead, 31-28 with 1:52 remaining in the first half.

A basket from Muszynski and a Kunkel 3-pointers gave Belmont a 33-32 advantage at the break.

"When you grow up dreaming of playing and coaching college basketball, there are games like this you want to be in," Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. "It is disappointing we could not get the one stop at the end."

BIG PICTURE

Murray State: The Racers have faced Belmont in the OVC title game five times since 2013 and had won the previous two meetings. It was the 29th time in the 57-year history the Racers have played in the OVC title contest.

Belmont: The Bruins were the OVC season co-champions with Murray State. They have six titles in eight years of OVC membership. Belmont has won 20-plus games and earned postseason play 15 of the last 16 years.

TIP-INS

The 57th OVC tournment championship was held at the Ford Center for the third straight year. ... Every contest in the seven-game tournament was won by the higher-seeded team.

UP NEXT

Murray State: Will wait and see if it earns a third consecutive NCAA Tournament bid or be part of the NIT.

Belmont: The Bruins wait to find out their seed and region assignment for their ninth NCAA Tournament bid since 2006.

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Leaders

Murray State PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
T. Brown 17 0 6 4 0 0
D. Robinson 14 0 2 6 0 6
Belmont PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
C. Hollander 0 0 0 1 0 0
S. Adelsperger 0 0 0 2 0 0

Team Comparison

Murr Belm
Points For 75 76
Field Goals 28/59-47% 30/64-47%
Three Pointers 6/17-35% 5/21-24%
Free Throws 13/16-81% 11/15-73%
Offensive Rebounds 7 10
Defensive Rebounds 26 25
Rebounds 37 38
Blocks 6 3
Steals 2 4
Turnovers 10 10
Personal Fouls 15 14
Technical Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - Belm Leads Series 2-1

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Thu Jan 23 Belm 75 @ Murr 85 C. Hollander 2 D. Robinson 4
Thu Feb 6 Murr 64 @ Belm 71 A. Smith 2 S. Adelsperger 1
Sat Mar 7 Murr 75 @ Belm 76 D. Gilmore 4 B. Sheppard 1

Game Information

Stadium: Ford Center, Evansville, Indiana
Attendance: 4,456
Game Time: