The Pacific Tigers couldn’t keep the Murray State Racers off the 3-point line and as a result, the Tigers were bounced from the CollegeInsiders.com Postseason Tournament in hail of jump shots, falling to the Racers in a semifinal game 98-75 Tuesday night at the CFSB Center in Murray, Ky.
The Tigers (18-16) took an early 28-23 lead but the game started to get away from them when Murray State (22-11) closed the first half on a 9-0 run to lead 49-38 at the break.
That run became 18-0 when the Racers scored the first nine points of the second half, going up 58-38 when Dexter Fields knocked down one of Murray State’s 13 3-pointers on the night. Pacific never got closer than 18 the rest of the way.
The win advances the Racers into the tournament championship Thursday night, where they will host Yale (19-13). The Bulldogs got to the final by going on the road and winning at VMI Tuesday night 75-62.
Cameron Payne scored 21 points and logged four assists and three steals for the Racers. Jarvis Williams finished with 18 points and eight rebounds and T.J. Sapp also knocked down 18 points. Jeffery Moss added 15.
David Taylor led the Tigers with 18 points. Tim Thomas added 11 points and six rebounds and Khalil Kelley went for 10 points and three assists. Sama Taku also had six rebounds and T.J. Wallace notched three assists.
Pacific starters Ross Rivera, Tony Gill, Andrew Bock and Taku combined to go 7-for-28 from the floor, even as the team was 28-for-63 (44.4 percent) overall, 6-for-16 (37.5 percent) from 3-point range and 13-for-20 (65 percent) at the foul line.
Murray State was 32-for-58 (55.2 percent), 13-for-25 (52 percent) and 21-for-27 (77.8 percent). The Racers also had a 37-30 edge on the glass.