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Racers’ victory streak ties another record

Racers’ victory streak ties another record
MURRAY (AP) — Murray State keeps on winning.
Donte Poole and Isaiah Canaan each scored 18 points, and No. 11 Murray State remained the only unbeaten team in Division I with a 73-58 victory over Eastern Illinois Saturday night.
Poole also had six assists and four rebounds while Ed Daniel grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds for the Racers (21-0, 9-0 Ohio Valley Conference).
Murray State tied the OVC record for longest winning streak set by Western Kentucky with 21 consecutive victories in 1953-54 and 1966-67.
“I just try to stay aggressive,” Poole said.
“I think when you come out on your heels and aren’t aggressive that could force you to play passive and you don’t really want to play that way with anyone.”
Racers coach Steve Prohm matched Columbia’s Lou Rossini (1950-51) for the third-best start to a season by a first-year coach.
Joey Miller had 17 points and four rebounds for the Panthers (9-11, 2-6).
The previous time Eastern Illinois played in the CFSB Center, it beat Murray State by one point.
Ivan Aska, who broke his right hand Dec. 30 against Eastern Illinois, came off the bench to a standing ovation with 14 minutes remaining in the first half and hit a layup less than a minute later.
He ended the game with eight points and three rebounds in 21 minutes.
Murray State led by 11 at the break and within five minutes of the second half the Racers had extended it to a 53-29 advantage.
Published in The Messenger 1.30.12

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