Tech looks for third OVC road win this season when it faces Murray State Saturday night

Tech looks for third OVC road win this season when it faces Murray State Saturday night

COOKEVILLE, Tenn. - After a 13-point win at UT Martin Thursday night, The Tennessee Tech men's basketball team will wrap up its two-game Ohio Valley Conference road swing against Murray State on Saturday night.

Tech will be looking for its third road win in OVC play this season, as it tries to hand Murray State its first loss of the conference season. The Golden Eagles are 8-9 on the year and 2-4 in the OVC, while Murray State is 15-3 and 7-0 in the OVC. The Racers are riding a six-game winning streak into the game, and are 8-0 at home this season.

The Golden Eagles and racers are No. 1 and 2 in the OVC in scoring offense. Tech is averaging 76.6 points per game while the Racers are scoring 78.4 per contest. However, Murray State holds the advantage in scoring defense. MSU is tops in the league, giving up just 61.1 points per game while Tech ranks ninth, giving up 78.7 points per game.

Tech is led by senior Frank Davis who is nearing the 1,000 point mark for his career. Davis has scored 955 points as a Golden Eagle, and is averaging a team-best 15.6 this season. Davis is shooting 50.5 percent (53-of-105) from behind the 3-point arc this season, which is good for third best in the nation.

Sophomore Kevin Murphy is averaging 14.6 points for Tech, and the Golden Eagles are coming off a game in which all five starters scored in double figures. Junior Alfred Jones matched his career high with nine rebounds on Thursday night, and freshman Terrell Barnes scored a career-high 11 points.

No Racer is scoring more than 11.2 points per game, but six players are averaging over 9.0 points per game...Murray State holds a commanding 117-46 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools. The two teams split the season series last year, with both teams winning at home.

The Golden Eagles are shooting 47.7 percent on the season, while opponents are hitting 46.5 percent of their shots. On the other hand, Murray State has hit 50.5 percent of its shots on the year, and held opponents to just 38.8 percent.

The game will be broadcast live on WHUB-AM 1400 with Roger Ealey calling the plays. Fans can also listen to the game for free through teamline by visiting or calling 1-800-846-4700 (team code 0654). Live stats will be available at

After facing Murray State, the Golden Eagles will be at home for four straight OVC games. That stint will begin on Jan. 21 against rival Austin Peay. Tech will then host Tennessee State on Jan. 23, Eastern Illinois on Jan. 28 and Southeast Missouri on Jan. 30.

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