Murray State rallies past South Dakota State 73-62

The Associated Press

MURRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Isaiah Canaan tallied 22 points and five assists to lead Murray State to a 73-62 victory over South Dakota State on Saturday.

Stacy Wilson added 15 points in the Racers' (20-7) fourth consecutive BracketBuster win.

The Racers used a 30-9, second-half run to rally from a 14-point deficit and overcome South Dakota State (21-9), which experienced its first back-to-back losses since the second and third game of the 2011-12 season.

The Jackrabbits led 54-46 before three consecutive dunks from Wilson and Ed Daniel pushed Murray State within two points with 10 minutes to go and sparked the game-ending run.

Nate Wolters led the Jackrabbits with 18 points and five assists.

The Jackrabbits, who led 39-33 at the break, opened the second half with an 8-0 run before Murray State's Canaan and Dexter Fields each drained 3s to make the score 47-40 nearly 4 minutes into the frame.

The Racers first 13 points in the second half came from 3s, including Canaan's four-point play.

Back-to-back layups from Daniel gave the Racers a 57-56 lead, its first since 8:54 of the first half. A dunk by C.J. Ford increased the advantage to three.

As the shot clock buzzed, Jeffery Moss hit a 3 to push Murray State's lead to 62-56 with 7:06 on the clock.

A jumper by Wolters with 4:06 on the clock ended the Jackrabbits' 5-minute drought, but it wasn't enough to stop the Racers.

Wolters and Canaan, who both wear No. 3, went head to head for the first time as two of the top guards in college basketball.

Wolters, the only player in Division I men's basketball to average at least 20 points, five rebounds and five assists per game in the 2011-12 season, scored his first points of the game through free throws 4 minutes in.

As the first half ticked down, Wolters connected on three consecutive shots and secured a 30-16 lead for the Jackrabbits. Back-to-back 3s from Canaan and Wilson trimmed South Dakota State's lead to 10 before the first half ended.

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