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Payne scores 31 points as Murray State caps unbeaten OVC season, 73-67 over UT-Martin


MARTIN, Tennessee — Sophomore Cameron Payne scored 31 points with eight rebounds and six assists as Murray State rallied in the second half to defeat Tennessee-Martin 73-67 on Saturday night, pushing its conference-record win streak to 24 in a row.

Murray State (26-4, 16-0 Ohio Valley Conference) had already clinched top seed at the OVC tournament in Nashville next week, but was trailing UT-Martin (18-11, 10-6) 34-31 at halftime.

Inside the first minute of the second half, Jeffrey Moss knotted the score with a 3-pointer. Payne and Jarvis Williams added five more points in a seesaw struggle. Williams sparked a 14-3 surge until the Skyhawks called time trailing 53-42. UT-Martin came as close as 64-62 with 3:15 remaining but missed six of its last eight shots.

Deville Smith led the Skyhawks with 21 points and Twymond Howard added 17. The Skyhawks are the OVC's No. 4 seed.

Williams added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Racers.

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