INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Games like this require veteran leadership, which KJ Williams and others delivered for Murray State.

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Williams scored six of his 18 points in overtime after Murray State blew an eight-point lead late in regulation, and the seventh-seeded Racers extended their winning 

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streak to 21 games with a 92-87 victory over San Francisco in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.

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“That game defined our team,” Murray State coach Matt McMahon said. “That’s just who they are. They find ways to win. Their toughness and will to win is incredibly special.

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I’m proud of them for their fight. We battled some foul trouble. Battled some cramps. Different guys stepped up.”

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The Racers (31-2) tied South Dakota State for the longest winning streak in the nation this season. With SDSU's loss to Providence earlier Thursday,

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Murray State can edge ahead in Saturday's East Region second-round game against Saint Peter's. The 15th-seeded Peacocks toppled Kentucky 85-79 in OT.

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The nightcap in Indianapolis was just as tight, with 18 lead changes and 14 ties in a contest that ended early Friday morning.

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