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Murray State pulls away to beat Chattanooga 73-62

Dec 19, 2009 - 11:19 PM MURRAY, Ky.(AP) -- Tony Easley and Isaiah Canaan scored 16 points apiece as Murray State pulled away late to defeat Chattanooga 73-62 on Saturday.

The Racers (9-2), who led 36-34 at the half and won their ninth straight home game, took a 67-62 lead into the final 2 minutes before baskets by Danero Thomas, Canaan and Easley accounted for the game's final six points.

Murray State outshot Chattanooga (5-6) in the second half 60 percent (15-for-25) to 28.6 percent (10-for-35).

The Mocs held the upper hand in the early going, building an 18-8 lead with 12:45 remaining in the first half after Ty Patterson hit three consecutive 3-pointers.

Murray State took a 27-25 lead on Canaan's 3-pointer after a 19-7 run.

Patterson finished with 16 points and DeAntre Jefferson had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Chattanooga.