MURRAY, Ky. (AP) -- Last February, Murray State spoiled Southeast Missouri State's senior night with a nine-point defeat.
Saturday night, the Redhawks returned the favor.
A.J. Jones had 20 points and six rebounds as Southeast Missouri State topped its Ohio Valley Conference rival 84-68.
Corey Wilford added 16 in each team's regular-season finale.
"I was very proud of our team tonight," Southeast Missouri State coach Dickey Nutt said. "I thought we beat a really, really good team and a fantastic crowd tonight and I certainly give them a lot of credit for that. Isaiah Canaan and Ed Daniel certainly have had unbelievable careers and for us to come in here and have a little success against them is certainly very gratifying for our team."
Southeast Missouri State (16-15, 8-8) jumped to a 22-11 lead, led 47-39 at halftime and never surrendered the advantage.
The Redhawks shot 50 perfect (26 of 52) from the field and 63 percent (12 of 19) from the perimeter while holding Murray State to 36 percent (23 of 64) from the floor and 42 percent (10 of 24) from 3-point range.
Canaan had 22 points for Murray State (20-9, 10-6), leaving him with 1,999 points in his career.
"It was fun, the outcome wasn't how we expected to play our last game but I would rather have been nowhere else," Canaan said. "I just want to thank everyone who supported us, supported me, the last four years. We still have some games in us and we're going to put this behind us and look to next week."
In Canaan's last home game, he let teammate and fellow senior Jordan Burge take his spot in the starting lineup. Burge, a walk-on since his freshman year, has 105 career wins and three OVC championship rings, but no points.
"It's big time (for someone to give up their spot)," Burge said with a big smile. "(Isaiah) had been bugging coach about starting me . and we had a little moment at half court when they were subbing me out. I hugged him and told him it meant a lot to me. I'll never forget that moment or my career here at Murray State playing with a bunch of high-character guys."
Out of the Redhawks' first 13 points, Jones scored 11 with three consecutive 3-pointers.
"I was just focused," Jones said. "If I'm focused, then the team goes to another level, so before the game I try to be as focused as I can. I made a couple shots and we (were) able to pull it out."
Southeast Missouri State pulled ahead 21-11 with a Wilford trey less than 9 minutes into the first half.
"I mean, every one of them when they shot I said, 'Man, that one's in, too, that one's in, too,' and some of it was defense and our rotation," Murray State coach Steve Prohm said. "They really sold out to playing four guards the majority of the game and every one of them can shoot. (Nick) Niemczyk can shoot, Jones is shooting it well, Wilford can wear it out, (Lucas) Nutt can, they all can make shots and they just get you scrambling. You have to be very disciplined when you're playing against four guards and contain the ball."
Stacy Wilson and Canaan, first in the league and eighth nationally with 21.5 points per game, hit back-to-back 3 pointers to pull the Racers within four points until Wilford answered with a trey of his own. Murray State's Jeffery Moss responded with yet another 3 to make the score 28-24 with 8:20 remaining in the half.
Just over a minute later, Moss connected on another 3 and Canaan picked up a basket and a free throw to pull the Racers within two points.
Canaan, who owns the school record for consecutive games with a made 3-pointer with 39 games, put the Racers up 33-32 after a 3-pointer, but their first lead since 18 seconds into the game was short lived as Southeast Missouri State countered with a 3 from Wilford and two free throws and a jumper by Nino Johnson.
"You've got to be able to defend to win at a high, high level," Prohm said. "Offense can carry you so far but defense is what makes up great teams. We've got it in us but we've got to be able to lock in on the (defensive) end."
The 3s kept falling as Murray State's Dexter Fields drained one and the Redhawks' Tyler Stone did the same to make the score 42-36 in Southeast Missouri State's favor.
"I guess we've won the last five out of seven games and we're playing very special for us," Dickey Nutt said. "I don't think it's anything special across the country, but for us this is something special, it's a step in a good direction that we are striving for. These guys are playing their best basketball right now."
Niemczyk's 3-pointer set the eight-point halftime advantage for the Redhawks.
Coming out of the break, Brandon Garrett dunked to cut the Redhawks' lead to six, but it wasn't enough as Southeast Missouri State went on a 12-5 run.
With 10:17 remaining, Moss hit a jumper to end Murray State's 4-minute scoreless streak and bumped the score to 62-49.
Treys by Wilson and Canaan and a tip-in and free throw by Latreze Mushatt made the score 64-58 before Jones ended the Redhawks' 3-minute drought with a 3-pointer with 5:23 on the clock.
Ed Daniel, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, came out of the game with five personal fouls with 1:05 remaining.
With 51.7 seconds on the clock, Canaan crouched at center court and watched Mushatt make two free throws.
Ten seconds later he left the game and the Redhawks ran out the clock.
"I wish we could have got it done tonight but we've got the tournament ahead of us and that's the most important thing for us," Burge said. "Senior night is special but we know to keep our eyes up and our head up and focus on what's ahead."