Murray State Basketball: Racers Lose First Game of the Season to Tennessee State

Dan Irwin@irwinsportsCorrespondent IIFebruary 10, 2012

Robert Covington had 17 points and eight rebounds in Tennessee State's win over No. 9 Murray State
Robert Covington had 17 points and eight rebounds in Tennessee State's win over No. 9 Murray StateEthan Miller/Getty Images

The ride is over.  No. 9 Murray State fell at home to Tennessee State on Thursday night, 72-68. Robert Covington's go-ahead three-pointer with about four minutes remaining was the difference, putting Tennessee State ahead, 65-62—a lead they would not relinquish.

Murray State (23-1, 11-1 Ohio Valley Conference) had an opportunity to take the lead with 11.2 seconds left, but turned the ball over and lost to a Tennessee State (16-10, 9-4) team they'd previously defeated eight straight times.

Tennessee State's Wil Peters reflected on the win.

It's an amazing feeling. Most people don't get this experience in their whole college career, to beat a team that was unbeaten for a long period of time and to share that with your teammates your senior year is very special, and I'll probably remember this for the rest of my life.

The Murray State end was disappointed but optimistic, according to head coach Steve Prohm.

I've got to do a better job in some areas to make sure we're doing a better job executing at times. But, I'm proud. I'm extremely proud of our guys. We had an amazing run, 23 wins in a row. I'm sure we set a lot of records along the way, but now we've got to be totally locked in on winning a conference championship.

So, the question remains; how far will Murray State tumble in the polls?  And how much will this affect their NCAA Tournament seed?

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