Story by Kelsey Randolph, Sports Editor
In a blow-out game, the Racers win their season opener against the Harris-Stowe State Hornets Friday night, 105-55.
Hitting triple digits for the first time since December 3, 2014 the Racers, under new Head Coach Matt McMahon, improved the defense since losing in the exhibition game Nov. 6 87-85.
Running the beginning of the night with a 3-pointer was senior forward Jeffrey Moss who took a pass from junior guard Demarcus Croaker. Leading the team for the Racers is Croaker with 21 points and for the Hornets, sophomore forward Jalen Fletcher lead with 10 points. McGhee was not far behind with 20 points.
Every Racer saw court time contributing at least three points from every player.
“We take a lot of pride in that,” Croaker said. “I want to see all my guys play, I don’t want to see anybody on the bench. I want to see everybody play. They are going to be great teammates.”
The Racers took on the lead quickly with a 10-point marginal lead in the first four minutes. The Racers forced 27 turnovers and assists. Murray State also held the Hornets to a 29 percent shooting on 15 of 52 shots and making 57 percent on the 38-66.
“The pace was where we needed it to be,” McMahon said. “We were able to force some turnovers that led to some easy opportunities.”
The last time the Hornets saw the CFSB Center was Nov. 11, 2011 during the season opener when the Racers won 76-49 during former Head Coach Steve Prohm’s first season.
The Racers are back on the court at 7 p.m. Nov. 17 to face the Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders.
“We want it to be contagious,” McMahon said. “We need guys to get out of their comfort zone and do it. We’re going to challenge them to do so.”