MURRAY, Ky. -- Isaiah Canaan scored 15 points as Murray State routed Bethel (Tenn.) 94-52 on Wednesday night.
The Racers (6-4) didn't pull away from the Wildcats until late in the first half. Bethel led 25-24 with 7:49 to go until halftime when Murray State used a 10-0 run to take command.Leading 44-31 at halftime, the Racers held the Wildcats scoreless the first 3 minutes of the second half to increase the lead to 23 points.Jeffery McClain and Edward Daniel added 12 points apiece for Murray State, which shot 53.8 percent from the field (35 of 65). B.J. Jenkins added 11 points as 12 Racers players scored.Ivan Aska had 14 rebounds to help Murray State take a 52-39 rebounding edge.Andre Crudup scored 14 for Bethel, an NAIA school counting the game as an exhibition.The Wildcats shot only 27.9 percent (19 of 68) from the field, 22.9 percent (8 of 35) in the second half.