NASSAU, Bahamas -- Murray State made it a perfect 3-0 sweep in its Bahamas exhibition on Sunday, when the Racers topped the Commonwealth Bank Giants 110-78 at the Kendal Isaacs National Gymnasium in Nassau.
Sophomore guard Tevin Brown stayed in line with his first two performances, and scored 19 of his 25 points in the first half. He'd finish 7-for-10 from the arc with five rebounds, two steals and a block in just 20 minutes of action.
The bigger performance, however, came from MSU freshman combo guard Chico Carter, who came within two rebounds of a triple-double after putting up 12 points, 10 assists and eight boards in 22:38 off the bench.
He had seven assists by halftime, where the Racers toted a 57-45 lead into the locker room.
The Commonwealth Bank Giants had used a 12-6 run to get within 35-32 with 6:22 remaining until halftime before Brown exploded. He hit his fourth 3-pointer to give MSU a 13-point advantage, then hit his fifth to give MSU a 51-36 advantage with 2:43 left in the half.
Two more 3-pointers from Brown gave MSU an 86-61 lead late in the third quarter.
"I've been thrilled with the trip," MSU coach Matt McMahon said in a release. "First and foremost, this has a great learning experience and the chemistry and camaraderie that has been built within our team has been a success. The basketball was really good for us as well. We had to find a way to tough out a win in game one and we faced some good national team players from the Bahamas in these three games. The last two games, we got better offensively and cut down on our turnovers, and that led to balanced scoring."
MSU had four others scoring in double figures: KJ Williams (13 points, nine rebounds), Anthony Smith (12 points, five rebounds), Da'Quan Smith (11 points, three 3-pointers) and Jaiveon Eaves (14 points, two 3-pointers). The Racers shot 50% from the field and 43% (14-for-32) from behind the arc.
The Giants, meanwhile, were held to 36% from inside the arc and 42% from behind it. D'Shon Taylor led CBG in scoring (24 points, 7-for-18 shooting) and Livingston Munnings had a double-double (15 points, 13 rebounds).
For the three games, the Racers made 50% of their shots from the field, 36% from the 3-point line and 72% from the stripe. MSU's defense held opponents to 34% from the field and 24% from 3-point range.
Brown finished the weekend leading the Racers in total scoring, averaging 21.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game -- whilst committing five total turnovers in just over 60 minutes of action.
ESPN college basketball analyst and former Manhattan, St. John's and New Mexico men's basketball coach Fran Fraschilla also spent some brief time with the Racers, noting on Twitter that "@CoachMcMahon keeps building on their great tradition."
"This is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I want all of our team to enjoy this," McMahon added. "We're thankful for our generous supporters and fans and last season's NCAA team to make a trip like this possible. That's what Racer Basketball is all about."
McMahon's third and final starting lineup for the weekend included Brown, Noah Kamba, Williams, Anthony Smith and Jason Holliday.
MSU will spend a free day at the Bahamas Atlantis Resort before returning to campus on Tuesday. Classes at MSU begin Aug. 20. OVC Basketball Media Day is Oct. 22 in Evansville. Racer Mania is scheduled for Oct. 24 in the CFSB Center.
Murray State 110, Commonwealth Bank Giants 78
MSU 29 28 29 24 -- 110
CBG 20 25 16 17 -- 78
MSU -- Tevin Brown 25, Jaiveon Eaves 14, KJ Williams 13, Anthony Smith 12, Chico Carter 12, Da'Quan Smith 11, Devin Gilmore 8, Jason Holliday 5, Matt Smith 4, Demond Robinson 4, Noah Kamba 2.
FG: 42-84. 3PT: 14-32 (Brown 7, D. Smith 3, Eaves 2, Holliday, Carter). FT: 12-14. Reb: 55 (Williams 9, M. Smith 9, Carter 8). Ast: 21 (Carter 10, Kamba 5). TO: 11.
CBG -- D'Shon Taylor 24, Mark St. Fort 15, Livingston Munnings 15, Jackson Jacob 9, Michael Bain, Jr. 7, Lathaniel Bastian 3, Karon Pratt 3, Anderias Black 2.
FG: 27-73. 3PT: 6-23 (Taylor 2, Pratt, Jacob, Bain Jr., St. Fort). FT: 18-27. Reb: 41 (Munnings 12). Ast: 8. TO: 14.