Isaiah Canaan scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half and senior Donte Poole added 11 as No. 16 Murray State beat No. 21 Saint Mary's 65-51 for its most convincing win to date over a nationally recognized opponent.
The host Racers (26-1) have already clinched the Ohio Valley Conference regular-season title, but were still short of victories over quality opponents since beating Memphis in early December before hosting this Bracket Buster matchup with the Gaels.
It was never very close.
Murray State jumped out to a 10-2 lead and never trailed, building a double-digit advantage early in the second half and cruising from there in front of a sold-out CFSB Center.
Matthew Dellavedova scored 17 points for Saint Mary's (23-5), which has lost three of four. Now the Gaels will face a 2,300-mile trek home and questions about their NCAA Tournament résumé.
Bowling Green 73, Morehead State 60: Senior Scott Thomas knocked down a career-high 28 points as host Bowling Green topped Morehead State.
Bowling Green drilled 60 percent (15-of-25) from the field before the break on its way to 57 percent (28-of-49) for the game. The Falcons also converted 63 percent (10-of-16) from beyond the arc in the first half en route to 54 percent (14-of-26) for the afternoon.
Senior Ty Proffitt led Morehead State with 18 points. He scored 11 straight MSU points during a four-minute stretch in the second half.
Bluffton 83, Transylvania 65: Despite a 24-point effort from forward Ethan Spurlin, Transylvania fell to conference rival Bluffton.
Fellow starter Barrett Meyer also scored in double digits for the visiting Pioneers (22-3) with 11 points.
Eastern Kentucky 78, IPFW 69: Senior Jaron Jones' 22 points led three Colonels in double figures as Eastern Kentucky defeated IPFW in McBrayer Arena.
Jaron Jones reached the 20-point plateau for the third consecutive game in the BracketBuster. Fellow senior Joshua Jones equaled a personal high with five three-pointers and finished with 17 points.
Kentucky Wesleyan 115, Bellarmine 113 (OT): Katie Behrens and Kristen Rowe came off the bench to score 30 and 26 points, respectively, as the Panthers picked up a Great Lakes Valley Conference road win.
A game that included 16 ties and 18 lead changes went to overtime tied at 100.
T'Essensce Phelps added 18 points and nine rebounds for Wesleyan (14-11, 8-9 GLVC), and Lauren Goffinet scored 16.
Bellarmine (13-12, 7-10) was led by Central Hardin graduate Kylie Brady with 36 points. Allison Matheis had 20 points and seven rebounds. Betsy Goodin, a junior out of Tates Creek, totaled 17 points and four assists before fouling out. Matheis fouled out, too.
Austin Peay 88, Morehead State 81 (OT): Morehead State senior guard Courtney Lumpkin hit a three-pointer with 10 seconds left to send the game to overtime, but host Austin Peay outscored the Eagles 12-5 in the extra period.
Lumpkin totaled a game-high 29 points on 9-for-20 shooting from the field and 4-for-8 on three-pointers. Junior forward Ashar Harris grabbed 15 rebounds to go along with nine points. She now needs just 13 more boards to reach 1,000 for her career.
In overtime, the hosts held the Eagles without a made field goal on five chances.
Transylvania 73, Bluffton 69: Jariana Gillespie poured in 26 points and forward Alex McKenzie added a double-double for visiting Transylvanian.
McKenzie pulled down 12 rebounds to go with her 10 points.
South Alabama 70, Western Kentucky 33: South Alabama outscored Western Kentucky 35-11 in the second half, leading wire-to-wire in a home victory.
No Lady Toppers scored in double figures. Ellen Sholtes led WKU with seven points, while Vanessa Obafemi added six on a pair of threes.
Georgetown 81, Lindsey Wilson 74: Four Blue Raiders in double figures wasn't enough as Lindsey Wilson fell to No. 17-ranked Georgetown College.
The Tigers also posted four double-figure scorers, led by Jessica Waddle and Andrea Howard each with 15 points.
Jasmine Brimm's 18 points led Lindsey Wilson, but the Blue Raiders made just 35.7 percent from the floor. Lindsey Wilson also committed 18 turnovers in the game.