Halftime: Murray State 26, Butler 22

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Quick thoughts on the game from HP Pavilion.

  • Murray State's Isaiah Canaan has a game-high eight points and keyed a 9-0 run for the Racers going into halftime. He sank a 3-pointer and then on the other end of the floor stole the ball with under a minute left. The fast break layup attempt missed, but Edwards Daniel was there for the put-back. Donte Poole hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

  • The Racers didn't exactly race off to a good start, as they didn't hit their second field goal until the 12:32 mark, letting Butler go on a 12-0 run. But their defense picked up, and Butler went into the half shooting 28.6 percent from the field.

  • Butler's Gordon Hayward, the Horizon League's player of the year, has been held to three points on 1-for-6 shooting. He does have five rebounds.

  • Butler was going good until that late run, forcing eight Murray State turnovers. But the Bulldogs are getting pounded on the boards by a 21-14 margin. Tony Easley has seven rebounds for Murray State.

  • Ronald Nored leads Butler with seven points and three assists.