JSU (10-14, 4-5 OVC) is 1-2 so far on its two-week road trip, which wraps up Saturday at Morehead State.
JSU junior Darion Rackley scored 18 to lead all scorers, despite struggling from the floor. He went 5-for-15 from the field but got to the free throw line seven times and made them all. He also had four rebounds, two assists and three steals.
Junior Avery Moore had 15 for the Gamecocks despite missing much of the second half tending to an injury. He went 4-for-8 from behind the 3-point arc. Senior Brian Williams scored 14 for JSU, nine of which came in the first half, and dished four assists.
The Gamecocks had a tough night in the post, where three JSU players fouled out of the game. Senior Nick Cook was called for his fifth foul with more than 10 minutes to play, while juniors D.J. Felder and Jamal Hunter each fouled out down the stretch.
The Racers took advantage of the Gamecocks' foul trouble in the post, outrebounding JSU 40-25, including a 13-board effort from Jonathan Fairell. With nine points, he was one of only five MSU players that scored, but they all had at least nine.
Cameron Payne and Jeffery Moss each had 16 for Murray State, while Jarvis Williams added 10 and Dexter Fields 10. T.J. Sapp added nine off of the bench.
The Gamecocks led for most of the first half and all of the final 10 minutes on the clock before a long Fields 3-pointer at the horn gave the Racers a 33-32 halftime lead. It was Murray's first lead since the 10:21 mark of a half that saw JSU lead for 16:44 of the game's first 20 minutes.
The two exchanged leads six times in the first seven minutes of the second half, when the Racers used a 10-0 run to build their first lead of more than two points of the night at 51-44 with just under 12 minutes to play.