INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Games like this require veteran leadership, which KJ Williams and others delivered for Murray State.
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
streak to 21 games with a 92-87 victory over San Francisco in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday night.
“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.
I’m proud of them for their fight. We battled some foul trouble. Battled some cramps. Different guys stepped up.”
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,
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.
The nightcap in Indianapolis was just as tight, with 18 lead changes and 14 ties in a contest that ended early Friday morning.