MURRAY, Ky. (AP) - Mike Liabo scored 20 points and Myles Taylor added 15 to lead Tennessee-Martin to a 69-68 Ohio Valley Conference victory over Murray State on Thursday night.
After the Skyhawks (9-19, 5-10) led 33-19 with 4:35 left until halftime, the Racers (20-8, 10-5) battled back for a 40-40 tie with 14:46 remaining but were unable to take a lead.
Murray State got within a point five times in the final 6 1/2 minutes, but Tennessee-Martin held on and kept alive its hopes for the eighth and final berth in the conference tournament.
The Skyhawks shot 42 percent (21 of 50) from the floor, including 50 percent (7 of 14) from 3-point range while holding Murray State to 38.5 percent (20 of 52) shooting, including 25 percent (5 of 20) from the perimeter.
Isaiah Canaan, now 23 points away from joining the Murray State 2,000-point club, had 31 points for the Racers.
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