West Virginia Ends Murray State Racers' NCAA Hopes After Historic Season

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The Racers will be looking for similar success after topping the Belmont Bruins in the Ohio Valley Conference Tourney, 68-51.

March 16, 2018; San Diego, CA, United States; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Teddy Allen (13) and guard Jevon Carter (2) react during the 85-68 victory against the Murray State Racers in the second half in the first round of the 2018 NCAA Tournament at Viejas Arena. West Virginia's Jevon Carter had 17 points and nine assists in the game.

The game itself was devoid of much drama, though Murray State (26-6) made enough runs to stay painfully close to creeping within single digits through almost all of the second-half. The Bison have qualified for a national postseason tournament in three consecutive years, falling to MI in the second round of the WNIT in 2016, Maryland in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017, and now West Virginia in the WNIT this season. "It was good to play everybody and get everybody some time". Ultimately, it was West Virginia's smothering defense that led to Murray State's undoing.

Miles broke out of a season-long shooting slump recently by averaging 22 points at the Big 12 Tournament when he made 15 of 27 from 3-point range over three games.

Stark had scored in double figures in 30 of 31 games entering the NCAAs, including three games of 30 or more points late in the season. In 20 minutes of play, he tallied 12 points and 13 rebounds. -12 matchup Friday against Murray State.

Now it wasn't a completely clean defensive game, as the attention to Stark left opportunities open for the other senior on the Murray State roster in forward Terrell Miller.

Murray State never got closer than 11 the rest of the way. Murray State was led by Jonathan Stark, who was the game's high scorer with 24 points on 10-for-21 shooting.

During their last five games, the Mountaineers have scored an average of 75.4 points per game (4.2 below their season average) and allowed an average of 74.0 points per game (5.0 above their season average).

Murray State: The Racers will lament a first half where they were trailing from almost the outset.

Bucknell saw its women's basketball season end with a loss to a Power Five team for a third consecutive year as it fell to West Virginia 83-50 in the first round of the women's National Invitational Tournament on Thursday night at the WVU Coliseum.

"Thanks to my teammates", Miller said about his performance".

West Virginia: The Mountaineers will face Marshall for the first time since the 2015-16 season.

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