Racers growing up as season nears final stretch

The Murray State Racers have won their last three games keeping them in a tie for first place in the Ohio Valley Conference, but it has not been easy.

In each of those wins, the Racers have had to overcome struggles in the first half.

Those are situations that they didn’t experience earlier in the season when they were winning their first ten games by an average of 20 points.

So what is the problem?

Some can be traced to youth as this years team has just three players who played significant minutes last season. Two starters are freshman in Tevin Brown and KJ Williams. Junior Darnell Cowart was just inserted into the starting lineup recently and has provided a big spark for the Racers on offense.

“You are implementing a lot of first year players into the program,” McMahon said. “Maybe some second year guys who have a year in the system, but didn’t play a whole lot last year. So it is a process. I think that is the value of practice and being competitive. I want guys to have the opportunity to earn their role.”

One of those guys who have earned an opportunity is sophomore forward Devon Gilmore. Gilmore has received significant playing time over the last two weeks compared to almost never seeing the floor during the first half of the season.

“I think it is always changing,” said McMahon. “I don’t always get it right and I don’t think anybody does when it comes to rotations. You are just trying to do what is best for your team and hopefully it gives you your best opportunity to win.”

The Racers will now face one of their biggest tests of the season as they travel to Austin Peay on Thursday night.