Tevin Brown and KJ Williams Key to Success

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With the 2020-21 college basketball season just around the corner, the Murray State men's team is prepping for a run at a fourth-straight Ohio Valley Conference regular season title and two of the main characters with a big part in the effort are juniors KJ Williams and Tevin Brown.

Brown, from Fairhope, Alabama, is one of the top long-range shooters in the nation and Williams, from Cleveland, Mississippi, is the strong inside force that scores and rebounds at the top of the Ohio Valley Conference.

Combined, the duo scored 977 points in the 2019-20 season when the Racers shared the Ohio Valley Conference regular season title with Belmont at 15-3.

Tevin Brown 2019-20 All-OVC NABC All-District 18 Lou Henson All-America Team

Tevin Brown has been one of the top shooters in the OVC season from the start, when he played an important role in MSU's 2018-19 season that ended with a win at the NCAA Tournament in Hartford. Brown's first season saw him make a record-tying nine 3-pointers in a game at UT Martin that resulted in his career-high of 31 points.

 Brown's sophomore season in 2019-20 was even better. He scored 17.9 points per game (fifth in the OVC) and dished out 117 assists (seventh in the OVC). He was one of only three players in the OVC to lead his team in scoring and assists. Brown was 85-of-203 in the 2019-20 season and was ranked third in 3-point percentage in the OVC at 41.9 % (20th NCAA). He was the only player in NCAA D-I with 522 points, 148 rebounds, 117 assists and 85 made 3-point shots.

In two seasons, Brown has already made 175 3-pointers, which is ninth in MSU history. He goes into his junior season in November with 960 points.

KJ Williams 2019-20 All-OVC

KJ Williams has been in the mix for the Racers from the moment his freshman season began in 2018-19 when he appeared in 32 games and made 22 starts. In the 2019-20 season, Williams was solid in scoring 13.7 points per game (14th OVC) and grabbing 7.4 rebounds per game (7th OVC).

Williams set the Murray State single-season field goal percentage record in his freshman season when he made 69 percent on 111-of-159, as he topped the previous mark of 68 percent (115-167) by Tony Easley in the 2007-08 season. In the last two seasons in the OVC, Williams (267-446) is second in overall field goal percentage with a percentage of .598. His career field goal percentage is fourth all-time at MSU as Williams enters his junior season for the Racers. He has 648 career points.

Preseason Notes

The OVC schedule is being constructed by the league office and a working group from member institutions. The 2020-21 schedule for the Racers both in conference and out, will be released soon.

OVC Basketball Media Day is planned for early November. Exact dates will announced when available.

The Racers carry a 21-game home winning streak into the season at the CFSB Center. MSU's all-time home win streak of 47, between 1996 and 2000, is still the standard in the program.

The 2020-21 season marks the sixth for Coach Matt McMahon to lead the Murray State men's basketball program.

Coach McMahon has led the Racers to one of the greatest three-year periods of program history that includes three-straight OVC regular season championships (2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20) and two OVC Tournament titles (2017-18, 2018-19).

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