COOKEVILLE, Tenn. -- Kevin Murphy set the Tennessee Tech
single-game scoring record with 50 points and the Golden Eagles
defeated Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 98-80 Monday night.
Murphy was 16 of 21 from the field, going 6 of 9 from 3-point
range and 12 of 14 from the free-throw line, in breaking John
Best's previous record of 38 points.
Murphy is the first Division I player this season to score 50 or more in a game. The previous high this season was set by Creighton's Doug McDermott, who scored 44 in the Bluejays' win at Bradley on Jan. 7.
Trailing 21-19, Tennessee Tech went on a 14-2 run and led the
rest of the way. Murphy scored 10 points during the spurt,
including the capper on a dunk with 5:08 left in the first half.
The Golden Eagles (14-9, 6-4 Ohio Valley Conference) shot 55
percent from the field (33 of 60) in handing the Cougars their
sixth straight loss.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.