Lenox runs away from Murray in fourth
MURRAY — Lenox went on a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter to move in front of Murray in a 56-48 win over the Mustangs here on Thursday.
But, the difference in the game came in the third quarter, according to Murray head coach Darin Wookey.
Murray opened the third quarter on a 9-0 run to take a 32-22 lead on Sam Rockhold's free throw.
But, Lenox answered with a 9-0 run of its own to erase that lead, as Caleb Lange began to heat up from the floor with back-to-back 3-pointers.
"Difference, really, in the ballgame was we got real careless with the basketball when we got up 10," Wookey said. "They started over-extending with their 1-2-2 zone and we just got careless. We didn't hit the guy in the middle and attack from where we were supposed to be. They took advantage of it."
The Murray offense went stagnant once again in the fourth quarter after the Mustangs took a 38-34 lead on a Trey McHenry offensive rebound and putback.
Lenox forced several turnovers in the 13-0 run, leading to some easy baskets.
Spencer Brown and Caleb Lange each finished with 19 points for the Tigers, but it was the supporting cast that sparked the run.
Francisco Martinez got his hands in the passing lanes leading to several Murray turnovers, and freshman Dawson Tullberg made a couple of big baskets.
After Martinez came up with a steal, Tullberg followed him down the court and grabbed an offensive rebound after Martinez missed a layup, putting it up and in. After a Murray timeout, Tullberg then buried a 3-pointer from the wing.
"Francisco Martinez probably his best game of the year," Lenox co-head coach Jesse Cox said. "Not his highest point total, but he came in and defense might not be his strong point, but it was tonight. Dawson Tullberg, he stepped up and hit that 3 late and that was a nice dagger to be honest."
Murray tried to mount a comeback in the final minute as Kenny Boles made a 3-pointer for his first career varsity basket and McHenry made a pair of free throws to cut the lead to 54-48.
But, Brown and Lange iced the victory with free throws down the stretch.
"Big win being down 10, calling a timeout and trying to regroup," Lenox co-head coach Steve Tussey said. "They showed a lot of character, because we were kind of on the ropes going in the wrong direction. To come back from 10 down was a good test of their character."
Lange grabbed a team-high nine rebounds, while Brown finished with eight boards. For Murray, McHenry recorded a double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds. He also dished out five assists.
"We had some guys that needed to step up tonight, and didn't step up when we needed them to," Wookey said. "Trey, he can just kind of take over a game. Tonight, he did that at times trying to win that ballgame. He didn't want to lose. We've got to get everybody doing that, understanding what we've got to do to win. He's born a winner, you can tell that."
Lenox improves to 4-2 for the season and hosts Central Decatur tonight. Murray, meanwhile, falls to 3-2 for the season and hosts Melcher-Dallas tonight.
LENOX (56) — Spencer Brown 6 7-10 19, Caleb Lange 6 5-9 19, Dawson Tullberg 4 2-2 11, Dustin Gordon 1 1-3 3, Todd Stoaks 1 0-0 2, Francisco Martinez 1 0-0 2. Totals — 19 15-24 56. 3-point goals — 3 (Lange 2, Tullberg 1). Rebounds — 29 (Lange 9, Brown 8). Assists — 6 (Gordon 2). Steals — 8 (Martinez 2, Lange 2). Team fouls — 10. Fouled out — none.
MURRAY (48) — Trey McHenry 8 5-6 24, Andrew Rider 4 0-1 9, Sam Rockhold 2 3-4 7, Kenny Boles 1 0-0 3, Braydon Held 1 0-0 3, Pat Kilmer 1 0-0 2. Totals — 17 8-11 48. 3-point goals — 6 (McHenry 3, Rider 1, Boles 1, Held 1). Rebounds — 32 (McHenry 11, Kilmer 6, Rockhold 5, Held 5). Assists — 13 (McHenry 5, Rider 5). Steals — 7 (McHenry 3, Rider 3). Blocked shots — 2 (Kilmer 1, Rockhold 1). Turnovers — 12. Team fouls — 23. Fouled out — McHenry, Kilmer.
Lenox — 12 22 31 56
Murray — 10 23 34 48