Winning games, dropping the ball and competing on an Olympic level – the Racers weren’t just binging Netflix over Winter Break.
December 14: Rifle athletes show Olympic strength
Several members of the Rifle team had strong points to show from the 2015 Winter Airgun Championships/2016 Olympic Team Trials part I in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Ivan Roe, sophomore from Manhattan, Montana, Ben Estes, sophomore from Ozark, Missouri, MacKenzie Martin freshman from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and Alathea Sellars freshman from Puryear, Tennessee advanced to the final event, but Roe led the squad and finished the trials third.
December 30: Triple digit win against former Racer staff member
The men’s basketball team topped triple points against Brescia on December 30 in the CFSB Center, winning 101-75. After playing on a five-game losing streak, the Racers banked their second triple-digit score this season. The win over the Bearcats marks the fourth time the Racers have played.
January 2: Two Racers score double-doubles
Sophomore forward and guard Ke’Shunan James of the women’s basketball team finished with 32 points and 12 rebounds, while senior forward LeAsia Wright finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. James also led the Racers with 19 points.
January 2: Men win conference opener
For the eighth-straight year, the Racers won the OVC opening game 62-57, this time against the Morehead State Eagles on January 2. The game was truly back and forth with 15 changes in the lead and 13 ties between the two teams.
January 2-7: Racers start 2-0 in conference play
The women’s basketball team won 83-79 against Morehead State and 56-50 against Tennessee Tech. Murray State’s senior forward Kyra Gulledge and sophomore forward and guard Ke’Shunan James finish with a double in the game against Morehead.
January 7: Football players arrested for burglary and loitering
Junior running back Roman Clay was arrested at his Pennsylvania home on January 7. Clay was charged with five counts of felony burglary and an additional count of loitering and prowling at night, according to Fox43 News. In a statement by Murray State Athletics, Clay has been suspended from the team.
January 14: Face off between Racers and Bruins
Taking on the Belmont Bruins and last year’s OVC Championship title holders on Jan. 14, the men’s basketball team came head-to-head with the No. 1 team picks in the OVC East. The Racers lost 81-73 after a stalling second half. Freshman forward Brion Sanchious took a fall and senior forward Wayne Langston took six personal fouls.