Showing posts with label Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles. Show all posts

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Kevin Murphy Scores 50 in Tennessee Tech Victory

College Hoops Player of the Day for Monday, January 30, 2012

Scoring 30 points in a 40-minute college game is normally quite a feat, accomplished merely a handful of times through a season by a select few players amid the college hoops' share-the-ball mentality. 40 in a game is even rarer, but Tennessee Tech's Kevin Murphy set the bar higher on Monday night, scoring 50 points - the most this season for a single player - shattering the school's single-game scoring record while pacing the Golden Eagles over Southern Illinois-Edwardsville, 98-80.

Murphy, a 6'6" senior guard who consistently scores in double figures (20 of 23 games this season) hit 16 of 21 shots from the field, including 6 of 9 from 3-point range and 12-for-14 from the line, broke Tech's previous record of 38 points, held by John Best.

The 14-9 Golden Eagles are having a solid season at 6-4 in the Ohio Valley Conference where everyone is chasing undefeated (21-0) Murray State, which has a two-game lead over 7-2 SE Missouri State, at 9-0.

Averaging 21.3 points per game, Murphy is seventh in the country in scoring.

NOTABLE: #4 Missouri, the only ranked team in action on the night, narrowly escaped with a 67-66 road win at Texas. Michael Dixon led the Tigers with 21 points on 9-for-10 shooting, including the game winning layup with 31 seconds left. The Longhorns had plenty of time to respond, but were confused on offense as Missouri came out of a timeout with a zone defense, denying Texas a solid shot as time wound down.