MARTIN, Tennessee — Cameron Payne had 17 points and eight assists to lead Murray State to its fifth straight win, 86-72 over Tennessee-Martin on Thursday night.
T.J. Sapp added 20 points and five rebounds for the Racers (18-9, 12-3 Ohio Valley) who took control of a back-and-forth game with a 9-0 run midway through the second.
Sapp's free throw capped the run for a 72-62 lead with 8:30 left. The Skyhawks (8-22, 3-12) answered with four straight points to pull within six, but would get no closer.
Myles Taylor had 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists to lead the way for UT-Martin. The Skyhawks tied the game twice in the first half and took their only lead of the game at 54-53 in the second.