CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (AP) — Tevin Brown poured in 29 points and added six assists and Murray State held off upset-minded Southeast Missouri State 96-91 in overtime on Saturday.
Brown made two free throws with 1 second left in regulation to send the game to overtime tied at 78. Jaiveon Eaves sank a 3-pointer 20 seconds into the extra period and the Racers (13-5, 6-0 Ohio Valley Conference) never trailed again. Brown was 4 of 4 at the free-throw line in the final 39 seconds to preserve the victory.
Anthony Smith finished with a career-high 22 points on 8-of-10 shooting with 10 rebounds for Murray State for his fifth double-double of the season. KJ Williams added 19 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Eaves scored 13 before fouling out.
Freshman DQ Nicholas sank 11 of 13 free throws and paced the Redhawks (4-15, 0-6) with 21 points. Sophomore Sage Tolbert added 16 points and nine rebounds, while Skyler Hogan scored 16. Reserve Nygal Russell had 13 points.
The Racers shot 58% from the floor (30 of 52), made 60% from beyond the arc (9 of 15). Murray State was 27 of 40 from the foul line (67.5%). SEMS shot 51% overall (29 of 57), 47% from distance (8 of 17) and made 25 of 35 free throws (71%).
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