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Messenger Sports Briefs for November 24

Messenger Sports Briefs for November 24



Upsets wreak havoc

in Messenger contest


Tennessee’s upset victory over Vanderbilt and Oklahoma’s beating of Texas Tech wreaked havoc in the Messenger’s final weekly football contest of the season.

The winner was Gordon Fox, who guessed seven right and a high point of 49. 

Fox pockets $20, while Jeff Ward gets the $10 prize with seven right and a high point guess of 48.

Jere Baldridge won the $5 third prize with seven right and a high point of 46.


EKU safety Gathof

is top OVC defender


The Ohio Valley Con-ference championship wasn’t the only hardware that Eastern Kentucky earned this weekend in its 33-31 victory at UT Martin.

EKU safety Brandon Gathof blocked what could have been a game-winning field goal attempt as time expired and he made a season-high 12 tackles en route to earning the league’s top defensive player award. Gathof also picked off a pair of passes in the first half, taking one 50 yards to paydirt.

Otherwise, Eastern Illinois’ Travorus Bess and Murray State’s Matt Ehrhardt shared the OVC Offensive Player of the Week award, while Austin Peay’s Ricky Thomas was the top specialist for the week.

Southeast Missouri quarterback Matt Scheible was named the OVC’s Newcomer of the Week.


Racers hold on

for upset of TSU


 MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Jeff Ehrhardt threw three touchdown passes to help Murray State hold off Tennessee State 24-17 on Saturday.

Ehrhardt completed 12 of 24 passes for 141 yards with two interceptions for the Racers (5-7, 4-4 Ohio Valley Conference), who pulled out the win despite being outgained 323-249 by the Tigers (8-4, 5-3)..


Murray St. men

drub Hilltoppers


MURRAY, Ky. (AP) — Ivan Aska scored 20 points to lead five players in double figures to help Murray State beat Western Kentucky 89-61 on Saturday night.

The Racers (2-1) jumped out to a 13-4 lead and never trailed. 

Murray State shot 56.4 percent from the field  and 95.7 percent from the free-throw line to hold off the Hilltoppers (1-2).

Western Kentucky shot 39.6 percent from the field and only 60.9 percent from the charity stripe.

The Racers also outrebounded the Hilltoppers 38-22.

Isacc Miles added 15 points for Murray State, while Jewuan Long and Danero Thomas each scored 12 and Jeffrey McClain chipped in with 11.

A.J. Slaughter led the Hilltoppers with 15 points on 4-of-14 shooting.

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