Thursday, March 15 2012 11:41 AM EDT2012-03-15 15:41:41 GMT
When the sixth-seeded Racers (30-1) play the Rams (20-11) Thursday at 11 a.m. CT, guard Donte Poole's present will clash with his past. Poole picked the 11th-seeded Rams out of high school before failing to qualify.
LOUISVILLE, KY (KFVS) -
The Murray State Racers won 58 to 41 against Colorado State Thursday.
Isaiah Canaan scored 15 points in Murray State's return to the NCAA tournament after a 2-year wait, and Donte Poole added 13 to lead the Racers to a 58-41 victory over Colorado State on Thursday in the second round.
Canaan mishandled the ball in the closing seconds of a 2-point loss to Butler in 2010 as a freshman. He's the leader of this group now, and Murray State (31-1) expects a long run in this tournament as the mid-major darlings.
Poole scored Murray State's first eight points early, and the sixth-seeded Racers shook off an 11-day wait with an 18-2 rally to start the second half.
Pierce Hornung led Colorado State (20-12) with 12 points and matched a career-high with 17 rebounds for the 11th-seeded Rams, who were making their first tournament appearance since 2003.
Heartland Sports Director Todd Richards is in Louisville and will have more on the game later on Heartland Sports.
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