Date (Time): Sat., Dec. 10, 2022 (3 p.m. CT)
Opponent: Bellarmine Knights
Site (Venue): Louisville, Ky. (Freedom Hall)
Audio: Froggy 103.7 FM (PxP: Neal Bradley, Analyst: Kenny Roth)
TV: ESPN+: (PxP: Jack Kizer Analyst: Nick Holmes)
Live Stats: Athletics.bellarmine.edu
Twitter In Game: @RacersHoops
MUR Record (Streak): 5-3, 2-0 (W2)
BU Record (Streak): 4-6, 0-0 (W2)
MUR Last Game: W 77-70 OT at Valparaiso
BU Last Game: W 86-45 H Wabash
All-Time Series vs. BU (Streak): MUR leads 1-0
All-Time Series at BU (Streak): 1st meeting
First Meeting: 2021 H MSU won 78-59
Last Meeting: Same
Largest MSU Win: Same
Largest MSU Loss: None
Next MSU Game: Dec. 13 H vs Chicago State
Next MSU Road Game: Dec. 21 at Middle Tenn.
Murray State Racers 5-3 (2-0) MVC)
Head Coach: Steve Prohm
Alma mater: Alabama (1997)
at MUR: 5th season (109-32)
Career: 206-127 (11th)
Missouri Valley: 2-0
Bellarmine Knights 4-6 (0-0 ASUN)
Head Coach: Scott Davenport
Alma mater: Louisville (1978)
at BU: 18th season (402-136)
Atlantic Sun: 11-5
December Sprint Begins For Racers
The Murray State Racers (5-3) take on the Bellarmine Knights in a Saturday 1 p.m. CT tip at Freedom Hall in Louisville, Kentucky. The game marks the first time MSU has appeared in the famous arena since 2003.
The Racers are coming off their best week of the young season with a pair of overtime wins in their first games as members of the Missouri Valley Conference. MSU is one of six teams since WWII in The Valley to win their first two games in their first season in the conference.The fact that the Racers did it in overtime fashion makes the accomplishment even more notable as they played their only back-to-back overtime games since records that begin in 1983.
The fun began (Dec. 1) when the Racers got a 3-point basket from Rob Perry with 1:25 left in overtime to win 70-67 of Illinois State. Perry scored 20 points as the Racers won for the 19th consecutive time at the CFSB Center. On Sunday (Dec. 4), the Racers played their first road game in MVC play and won another overtime affair over the Valparaiso Beacons 77-70.
MSU played Bellarmine for the first time a year ago in Murray and won the game 79-58.
Rob Perry Named MVC Player of the Week
Out of Orlando, Florida, Perry’s 30-point scoring day for the Racers on Sunday, helped MSU win in overtime at Valparaiso. He hit a pair of clutch 3-point baskets on a day when he was 10-of-17 from the field and 5-of-7 from the 3-point line. Perry scored 20 points in the win over ISU.
In the two games, Perry played in 81:22 of a possible 90 minutes for an average of 41.7mpg. He was productive as well by going 16-of-30 from the field (.533), 9-of-15 from the 3-point line (.600) and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. Perry scored 50 points for a 25.0ppg average in the two games.
Perry’s 30-point game at Valpo was the fourth in The Valley season. The other three all scored 32 points including Roman Penn of Drake at Indiana St. (11-30-2022), Malvey Leons of Bradley vs Merrimack (11-26-2022) and SIU’s Marcus Domask vs California Baptist (11-23-2022).
Game Day Notes
- Murray State’s last visit to Freedom Hall was against the Louisville Cardinals on Jan. 3, 2003 when Mick Cronin was the Racers’ head coach.
- Rick Pitino was coaching Louisville who was No. 11 in the nation at the time and won the game 91-69.
- The Racers had four players score in double-figures including Louisville natives Kevin Paschell (6 points) and Chris Shumate (12 points).
- 19,292 watched the game at the famous arena that is now home to the Bellarmine Knights since 2020.
- The Racers have played 10 games at Freedom Hall and only one of them did not come against the Louisville Cardinals. MSU’s lone win at the arena came in 2001 over Virginia Tech 66-63.
- The Racers played UL at Freedom Hall in 1958, 1960, 1975, 1983, 1988, 1995, 2000, 2001 and 2003.
- Current assistant coach, Marcus Brown, has his own bit of history in Freedom Hall. On Dec. 20, 1995, Brown scored 36 points against the Louisville Cardinals. This game was only four days after he set the MSU single-game record of 45 points vs Washington (MO). A record that still stands today at Murray State.
- A 2010 inductee into the Murray State Hall of Fame, Brown’s No. 5 number is retired by the Racers.
- Brown is still the all-time steals leader (232) at MSU and the No. 3 all-time scorer (2,236 points).
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