By Taylor Hall
The Murray State Racers have come out scorching hot and are on top 39-27 at halftime over the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles in the 2011 Shootout Championship game.
MSU has used 60 percent shooting from the field in the first half on 15 of 25 shooting to build a 12 point lead. They have also connected on 4 of 7 from long range efforts.
Leading the way has been junior guard Isaiah Canaan with a game-high 12 points as well as three boards and three assists thus far. Backcourt partner, senior Donte Poole, has also got into double digits with 10 points.
USM, who is shooting 32 percent from the field after the first half, has a team-high 11 points from senior guard Angelo Johnson. Also contributing has been reserve forward Jonathan Mills who has four points to go along with a game-high four boards.
MSU has a slight edge in the rebounding category (15-11) and also has commited one less turnover (6-7) than the Golden Eagles. USM has been perfect from the charity stripe as a team so far, draining all 11 attempts so far on the night.
USM is going to have to find a way to contain the speed over Canaan and Poole on the perimeter. For the Racers, they need to keep winning the battle for rebounds and continue to push the tempo of the game.
Video highlights from: Men’s Championship – First Half