RICHMOND, Ky. -- Jarvis Williams had 19 points on perfect 9-of-9 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds to help Murray State past Eastern Kentucky 77-64 Wednesday night.
The Racers (8-7, 3-0 Ohio Valley Conference) erupted early as Dexter Fields hit a trio 3-pointers to take a 14-3 lead just over three minutes into the game.
Eastern Kentucky (10-6, 1-2) crawled back to tie the game at 21, but Murray State answered with a 10-2 run to take a 38-29 advantage at halftime. A quick 7-2 surge early in the second half put the Racers ahead comfortably.
The Colonels trimmed their deficit to eight with 2:31 remaining, but Murray State made nine of their last 10 free throws to ice the game.
Murray State shot 51 percent from the field. Cameron Payne had 19 points and Fields added 15.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.
Mike Brey is looking at former Notre Dame players to fill two assistant jobs that have opened up with the departures of Martin Ingelsby and Anthony Solomon.
Purdue's 2016-17 prospects got a jolt Wednesday when forward Caleb Swanigan announced he will return for his sophomore season.
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