Saturday, March 20, 2010
Halftime: Murray State 26, Butler 22
By Diamond Leung
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quick thoughts on the game from HP Pavilion.
Murray State's Isaiah Canaan has a game-high eight points and keyed a 9-0 run for the Racers going into halftime. He sank a 3-pointer and then on the other end of the floor stole the ball with under a minute left. The fast break layup attempt missed, but Edwards Daniel was there for the put-back. Donte Poole hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Racers didn't exactly race off to a good start, as they didn't hit their second field goal until the 12:32 mark, letting Butler go on a 12-0 run. But their defense picked up, and Butler went into the half shooting 28.6 percent from the field.
Butler's Gordon Hayward, the Horizon League's player of the year, has been held to three points on 1-for-6 shooting. He does have five rebounds.
Butler was going good until that late run, forcing eight Murray State turnovers. But the Bulldogs are getting pounded on the boards by a 21-14 margin. Tony Easley has seven rebounds for Murray State.
Ronald Nored leads Butler with seven points and three assists.