Racers Among National Leaders



In the most recent set of NCAA statistical leaders (Nov. 27), Murray State is seventh nationally in field goal percentage (53.3%), 10th in 3-point defense (24.3%) and 21st in scoring margin (+19.8 points/game). Murray State holds the No. 1 field goal percentage game in the nation this season (69.0% vs. Brescia).

Around the OVC

Tennessee Tech is second in assists (21.9/game), 13th in field goal percentage (52.7%), 19th in 3-point percentage (42.9%) and 22nd in scoring offense (89.3 points/game). Austin Peay is ninth in forced turnovers/game (20.17) and 13th in steals (10.2), Eastern Kentucky is 11th in free throw percentage (80.7%) and Belmont is 21st in 3-pointers made/game (11.0). Tennessee Tech’s Aleksa Jugovic is seventh in 3-point percentage (57.9%) while Belmont’s Dylan Windler is third in double-doubles (5) and eighth in rebounding (11.7/game). Belmont’s Austin Luke is eighth in assists (7.5/game) while UT Martin’s Delfincko Bogan is 12th in steals (2.83/game).

OVC Players of the Week

Aleksa Jugovic, G • 6-3, 185, Sr. • Leskovac, Serbia • Tennessee Tech
Jugovic helped Tennessee Tech to a perfect 3-0 week and Emerald Coast Classic Championship as the Golden Eagles won at New Mexico and topped Omaha and Maryland-Eastern Shore in neutral site games in Niceville, Florida. The senior averaged 19.3 points, 3.0 assists and 2.3 rebounds/game while hitting 57.6 percent (19-of-33) from the field, 68.8 percent (11-of-16) from 3-point range and 9-of-9 from the free throw line. He opened the week by scoring a career-high 31 points in a 104-96 victory over New Mexico at The Pit. Jugovic hit a school record 7-of-7 3-pointers in the win (11-of-12 from the field) while also dishing out six assists and grabbing three rebounds. He followed that by scoring 17 points and dishing out three assists in an 86-85 victory over Omaha. Jugovic closed the week by scoring 10 points and grabbing four rebounds in just 26 minutes in a 90-60 win over Maryland-Eastern Shore. Jugovic currently ranks seventh nationally in 3-point percentage (57.9%) and 15th in total 3-pointers made (22).

Others Nominated: Averyl Ugba, Austin Peay; Dylan Windler, Belmont; Nick Mayo, Eastern Kentucky; Malcolm Drumwright, Jacksonville State; Djimon Henson, Morehead State; Jonathan Stark, Murray State; Denzel Mahoney, Southeast Missouri; Jalen Henry, SIUE; Ken’Darrius Hamilton, Tennessee State; Fatood Lewis, UT Martin.

Averyl Ugba, F • 6-7, 225, Sr. • Silver Spring, Md. • Austin Peay
Ugba, a transfer from Grambling State, averaged 15.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.5 blocks/game while hitting 66.7 percent (12-of-18) from the field in a pair of Austin Peay victories. He was the lone Governor player to score in double figures in both games. He started the week with 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and adding seven rebounds and two blocks in 17 minutes of action in a win over Bethel in the first college basketball game played on the Fort Campbell military installation. He chipped in 13 points, five rebounds, a block, assist and steal in an 86-61 win over Miami (Ohio). He hit 5-of-7 field goals in that win.

Others Nominated: Jajuan Smith, Eastern Illinois; Jamall Gregory, Jacksonville State; AJ Hicks, Morehead State; Shaq Buchanan, Murray State; Daniel Kinchen, SIUE; Shaq Calhoun, Tennessee Tech.

Dayton Gumm, G • 6-2, 172, Fr. • Bowling Green, Ky. • Austin Peay
In a pair of Austin Peay victories last week, Gumm averaged 14.0 points, 3.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 2.5 rebounds/game while hitting 61.1 percent (11-of-18) from the field and 60 percent (3-of-5) from 3-point range. After netting five points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists in a win over Bethel, Gumm earned his first career start against Miami (Ohio). He responded by scoring a game-high 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting (3-of-4 3-pointers) while also dishing out three assists and making two steals. He is the first APSU freshman to have a pair of 20-point performances in his first six collegiate games since at least 2000. Gumm ranks second among OVC freshmen in scoring (13.8 points/game) and sixth overall (first among freshmen) in steals (1.8/game).

Others Nominated: Mack Smith, Eastern Illinois; Dedric Boyd, Eastern Kentucky; Ledarrius Brewer, Southeast Missouri.

Quotes: Murray State 81 - Southern Illinois 73

Photos: Murray State vs. Middle Tennessee 

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Photos: Murray State vs. Brescia