Racers beat Tulsa for 3rd place at Myrtle Beach

The Murray State Racers took third place in the Myrtle Beach Invitational 77-60 beating the Tulsa Golden Hurricane at the HTC Center in Conway, South Carolina. The Racers come home winning two of three games, including their first win over a ranked team since 2012 with an 88-79 win over Texas A&M on Thursday.

MSU’s JaCobi Wood flirted with a triple-double with 12 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists, while DJ Burns had 15 rebounds and 11 points. Jamari Smith was 8 of 12 from the field with 19 points while Kenny White, Jr. added 16 points as the Racers went 3-2 in the season.

White led 41-28 at halftime and scored a 3-pointer at 12:41 12:41 remaining for the Racers’ greatest lead of the game of 20 (60-40). Wood again led by 20 points after 11:38, but the Racers didn’t score another field goal until the 5:17 mark. MSU’s scoring drought went 6:21 when Smith finished when it ended on a runout, but they still had a 17-point lead.

The Racers return to court after the Thanksgiving holiday (Nov. 26) with a Saturday game in Chattanooga. MSU opens its first season in the Missouri Valley Conference (December 1) at the CFSB Center against Illinois State.

game notes

  • The Racers won rebound stats for the first time this season against a Division I team, 54-31, and held Tulsa on just six offensive rebounds.
  • Burns notched his second double-double of his MSU career. His first was against Middle Tennessee last December.
  • Wood was close to a triple-double. The last racer to get one was the great Ja Morant, who had four triple-doubles for the racers from 2017-2019.
  • Wood has 12 points, eight rebounds and 11 assists.
  • Wood’s 11 assists is a Myrtle Beach Invitational record.
  • Wood led the Racers in Myrtle Beach with a 19.7 scoring average per game. He was 13-31 (.419) from field, 8-21 (.381) from the 3-point line, and hit 25 of 26 (.962) from the free throw line.
  • This was the fourth meeting between the Racers and Tulsa and the first since their 2015 meeting at the NIT. The Racers have won the last three against Tulsa and lead the all-time series 3-1.
  • In five games, the Racers have five players scoring in double figures, with Jamari Smith averaging 17.3 points per game. Wood (14.8), Rob Perry (12.0), White (11.0) and Burns (10.8).
  • The Racers’ game in Chattanooga on Saturday marks their first trip to McKenzie Arena since 2010 when they won 73-65.
  • The Racers are 7-2 all-time against Chattanooga and won their last home game of 2021 87-76.