Cowart giving Racers big presence in the paint

With back-to-back double-doubles in his first two starts this season, Murray State junior forward Darnell Cowart has certainly stepped up to the challenge.

“You know, Coach always talks about the next man up,” Cowart said. “So when he tells me I was getting the start, it was just another day and I got ready the same way.”

Cowart has improved throughout the season, providing the Racers with a much needed presence in the post.

 “I would say I still have a lot of getting better to do,” Cowart said. “Still have a lot more things with fouls; me making better reads; me just being a better communicator on defense and on the court.”

 Another area in which he has improved is his conditioning. Since he’s arrived on campus, Cowart has dropped more than 30 pounds.

“I am just really pleased,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. “I think you see when his conditioning gets better, he is able to play in longer spurts.”

 “I am not really trying to get to a certain point,” Cowart added. “Just whatever I get to, or keep getting down to, just playing as long as I can as hard as I can.”

 It has showed in his ability to score in the paint when he may not be able to jump over defenders.

“He is very crafty,” McMahon said. “He has multiple ways he can score when you get the ball inside to him.”​

 “Angles, just getting in the right position before you get the ball,” Cowart said. “Just knowing where you are at on the court and using your IQ to finish.”

Cowart and the Racers travel to Austin Peay on Thursday.