Racers Fall 75-67 At Auburn

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The Murray State Racers dropped a 75-67 defeat to the Auburn Tigers Saturday at the Auburn Arena.

The Racers (2-3) were led in scoring by Cameron Payne and Jeffery Moss with 16 points each. Jarvis Williams was only a rebound from a fourth straight double-double with 13 points and nine rebounds.

Trailing by four at the half, the Racers broke from the gate in the second half with a 9-4 run to take their first lead of the game.

Jeffery Moss hit a 3-pointer and it was followed by another from Payne. Jonathan Fairell blocked a shot and the ensuing break was finished by another Moss three and MSU led 37-36 with 17:29 left. MSU got the game tied at the 14:17 mark 44-44 on a Moss slam.

Auburn went on a 7-0 run for a 60-51 lead at the 7:11 mark and the Racers trailed by as many as 12 with 4:06 left. MSU cut the deficit to six points on a Moss 3-pointer with :24 remaining.

In the first half, the Racers fell behind early 12-6, but fought back to tie the game after a 7-0 run and a jumper by C.J. Ford at the 11:47 mark.

MSU trailed by nine with 1:15 left in the half when they got a run going on a put-back by Williams.  Moss hit his first points of the game with  :41 left after a blocked shot by Williams and the Tigers' lead was five. Moss ended the half with a runner down the lane at the buzzer to cut Auburn's lead to 32-28 at the break.

The Racers are back at home at the CFSB Center Tuesday (Nov. 26) to meet former OVC rival Middle Tennessee for their first meeting since 2003. The 7:30 p.m. tip is the second part of a double-header after the MSU women's team hosts Kennesaw State at 5:15 p.m. After Thanksgiving, the Racers travel to Moraga, Calif., to face the Saint Mary's Gaels (Nov. 30).

From: MSU media relations

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