CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. — Jonathan Stark and Ja Morant combined to score 52 points as Murray State powered past Southeast Missouri State in the second half to post an 87-75 Ohio Valley Conference victory Thursday night.
Murray State stayed one game behind conference-leader Belmont, a 98-63 winner over Eastern Kentucky.
Ledarrius Brewer dunked with 38 seconds left in the first half to send the Redhawks into intermission with a 34-32 advantage and Southeast Missouri State maintained the lead for more than 11 minutes of the second half.
Terrell Miller Jr. drilled a 3-pointer with 8:38 left to give Murray State the lead, 60-58 as part of a 10-0 run that put the Racers up, 65-58 with seven minutes left.
Stark knocked down 5 of 10 from beyond the 3-point arc to amass 29 points for Murray State (17-5, 9-2). Morant was 8 of 12 from the floor to finish with 23 points and nine rebounds.
Denzel Mahoney was 11 of 26 from the field and totaled 30 points to lead the Redhawks (10-14, 4-7). Brewer finished with 18 points and seven boards.