MURRAY, Ky. – Isaiah Canaan scored 24 of his 32 points in the second half and No. 10 Murray State remained unbeaten with an 81-73 win over Southeast Missouri State on Thursday night.
Jewuan Long added 13 points for Murray State (22-0, 10-0), which is off to the best start by an Ohio Valley Conference team since Western Kentucky opened 21-0 in 1953-54.
Marcus Brister had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Redhawks (12-10, 7-3).
The lead changed hands three times in the first half and Murray State trailed the Redhawks 39-33 at the break. Murray State took the lead for good less than 10 minutes into the second half.
Southeast Missouri forced 14 turnovers, but Murray State outrebounded the Redhawks 43-34.
Ivan Aska added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Racers, and his dunk with 1:58 to go gave Murray State a 12-point lead — its largest of the game.
Murray State trailed by as many as 11 in the first half, but coach Steve Prohm never called a timeout.