No. 14 Murray State beats Tennessee State 80-62

TERESA M. WALKER AP Sports Writer Published:

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Isaiah Canaan scored 16 of his 24 points in the first half, and No. 14 Murray State routed Tennessee State 80-62 on Thursday night, avenging the Racers' lone loss this season.

The Racers (27-1, 14-1 Ohio Valley Conference) blew a 13-point lead in losing 72-68 on Feb. 9. They used a 14-0 run over the final 2:31 of the first half Thursday with four Racers each hitting a 3-pointer in blowing open a tight game.

Murray State shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half and finished by matching its season-high with 12 3-pointers. Donte Poole added 16 points and Zay Jackson had 11.

Tennessee State (19-11, 11-5) had a nine-game winning streak snapped and missed its chance to sweep Murray State for the first time since 1993, when the Tigers reached the NCAA tournament.

Robert Covington led the Tigers with 24 points and Kellen Thornton had 17.