Wood sets mark in Murray State win

Murray State guard JaCobi Wood closed out a strong showing in the Myrtle Beach Invitational by scoring 12 points and handing out a tournament-record 11 assists to help lead the Racers past Tulsa in the third-place game.

Wood, who averaged 19.7 points and 6.3 assists per game in the tournament, was one of four Murray State players to reach double figures in scoring against Tulsa. Jamari Smith scored 19 points, Kenny White Jr. added 16, and DJ Burns had 11. In addition, Burns’ grabbed 15 rebounds, the third-most in MBI history.

“We had some really good performances, and we’re starting to scratch the surface of figuring out who we are and what we can really be at the end of the day,” Murray State coach Steve Prohm said.

The Racers (3-2) led 17-16 midway through the first half, then went on a 14-2 run to push their advantage to 31-18. They maintained at least an 11-point lead the rest of the way.

Bryant Selebangue picked up a double-double for Tulsa (2-3), finishing with 14 points (on 7-of-9 shooting) and 11 rebounds. But the rest of the team went 19-of-58 from the field (32.7 percent), including 4-of-29 from 3-point range (13.8 percent).

“We were pressing, we were rushing, we were trying to get back in the game and it just never got going for us,” Tulsa coach Eric Konkol said.