Williams' 25 points and 13 rebounds were game-highs for Murray State.
The Racers set the tone early, starting with six defensive stops while building a 9-0 lead. The bolt from the starting gate opened with a layup by Jonathan Fairell and a 3-pointer from Fields. Fairell finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Cameron Payne had two steals in the run, dishing once to Fields on a fast break and scoring himself with a jumper.
The Racers (2-2) never trailed while shooting 50 percent from the field. They had a 44-29 rebounding edge and outscored the Wildcats 46-24 in the paint.
Walt Andrews scored 14 points and Gary Pollard 10 for Bethel (4-3).
Forward Kennedy Meeks, who has averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds at North Carolina, has pulled out of the NBA draft and will return to the Tar Heels.
Cal big man Ivan Rabb could have been selected in the top 10 of the NBA draft. Instead, he's returning to Berkeley to make himself, and the Golden Bears, stronger.
Devin Williams' decision last month to sign with an agent and enter the NBA draft has left West Virginia in a tough spot.
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