The loss dropped APSU to 5-13 overall, 1-3 in OVC play, while Murray State improved to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the OVC. It was the Govs' fifth loss by three points or less this season.
Trailing by seven, 65-58, the Governors made a late charge. After a missed Stacy Wilson free throw APSU junior guard Travis Betran launched a long three that cut the deficit to four with 52 seconds left.
APSU forced a turnover on the inbounds pass but Betran's three came up short. The Govs fouled All-America guard Isaiah Canaan, who sank one of two free throws, making it a five-point game.
But Betran this time banked in a three pointer with 36 seconds remaining again to make it a two-point game, 66-64, with 43 seconds left.
Again Canaan was fouled and he made both this time, pushing the lead back out to four. Betran, however, fall away three pointer came up short this time and the Racers' Ed Daniel immediately was fouled. He made both and it was a six-point game, 70-64, with 19 seconds left.
Miraculously, with Stacy Wilson hanging all over him, Betran nailed another three-another bank shot-with 11 seconds left and went to the free-throw line with a chance to cut the deficit to two. He made it, cutting the deficit to, 70-68.
With APSU out of timeouts, head coach Dave Loos looked on astonishingly when his Governors failed to foul immediately. Finally, Racers freshman Jeffrey Moss was fouled with 4.8 seconds left. The lefty made the first but missed the second.
But the Govs could not move the ball quickly enough into the frontcourt to even attempt a shot as APSU incurred another frustrating defeat.
The back-and-forth game saw the lead change 13 times and it was nine more. The Racers took the lead for good at the 4:56 mark after a Daniel dunk of a Canaan miss.
Canaan led Murray State with 26 points, knocking down four three pointers. Daniel recorded his season's ninth double-double with 21 points and 13 rebounds.
Betran led all scorers with 27 points-his fourth straight 20-point outing and eighth this season. Ranked 21st in the nation for three pointers made per game at 2.94, connected on 5-of-11 three-point attempts.
Triggs finished with 12 points while Anthony Campbell had 10.
For the fourth straight OVC game the Governors were out-rebounded, this time by a 40-31 margin. In fact, the smallest player on the court, 5-10 walk-on point guard Jeremy Purvis finished tied with Anthony Campbell for the team lead with five.