Murray State races past Southern Illinois 73-65

The Associated Press

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Cameron Payne scored 22 points and dished out seven assists to lead Murray State to a 73-65 win over Southern Illinois Tuesday night.

T.J. Sapp pitched in 15 points off the bench for the Racers (5-5). Jarvis Williams grabbed 10 rebounds and had seven points.

Murray State went into halftime with a 33-30 lead. The Racers used a 16-4 run early in the second half to open up a 48-36 advantage. Payne hit back-to-back 3-pointers to push the lead to 59-43 with 10:15 left.

The lead stayed in double digits as Southern Illinois (2-8) struggled to get stops. Twice the Salukis got the lead to 11, but Payne hit a 3-pointer on one occasion and Sapp hit a 3 of his own on the other.

Murray State hit 8 of 18 3-pointers compared to Southern Illinois 3 of 9.

Desmar Jackson scored 28 points to lead the Salukis.

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