NCAA: No. 12 Murray State upsets No. 5 Marquette

The No. 12 Murray State Racers upset the No. 5 Marquette Golden Eagles 83-64 Thursday in the first round of the West Region of the NCAA Tournament.

Marquette, the Big East regular-season runner-up, came into the tournament having lost five of their last six games, including a loss to Seton Hall in the semifinals of the Big East tournament.

Marquette played in their 33rd NCAA Tournament, having won the title in 1977 and posting a combined record of 40-34. But success has been harder to come by as of late, with the team losing in the first round during their last tournament appearance in 2017.

Tevin Brown led Murray State with 19 points and Markus Howard led Marquette with 26 points.

The Racers are on a roll, with 11 straight victories entering the tournament. That includes winning both the Ohio Valley Conference’s regular-season and tournament championships for the second straight year.

Murray State won just their fourth tournament game in 20 chances, with their last win coming as a No. 6 seed against No. 11 Colorado State in 2012. They lost in the third round that year to Marquette.

The Racers lost 85-68 to No. 5 West Virginia as a No. 12 seed in last year’s first round.

Murray State will next take on Florida State in the second round.