Tennessee Tech senior guard Kevin Murphy reached rare air on Monday night when he scored a school record 50 points in the Golden Eagles 98-80 win over SIUE.
Murphy hit 16-of-21 field goal attempts (6-of-9 from 3-point range) and was 12-of-14 at the free throw line. The senior also grabbed seven rebounds, had an assist and a steal in 34 minutes of action. His play avenged a loss to SIUE on Dec. 29 when Murphy hit just 1-of-16 shots and scored four points.
Murphy is one of just 11 players in OVC history to score 50 or more points in a game, and the first since Morehead State's Brett Roberts did in the 1991-92 season. It was just five points off the record of 55 held by Western Kentucky's Clem Haskins (1964-65) and Youngstown State's Tilman Beverly.
Below is a list of every 50-point game in OVC history.
55 - Clem Haskins, Western Kentucky (vs. Middle Tennessee in 1964-65)
55 - Tilman Beverly, Youngstown State (vs. Tennessee Tech in 1985-86)
53 - Brett Roberts, Morehead State (vs. Middle Tennessee in 1991-92)
52 - Art Spoelstra, Western Kentucky (vs. Morehead State in 1953-54)
52 - Tom Chilton, East Tennessee (vs. Austin Peay in 1960-61)
51 - James "Fly" Williams, Austin Peay (vs. Tennessee Tech in 1972-73)
51 - James "Fly" Williams, Austin Peay (vs. Georgia Southern in 1972-73)
51 - Steve Hamilton, Morehead State (vs. Ohio in 1956-57)
The 50 points is the most scored by a Division I player this season (Creighton's Doug McDermott's 44 points against Bradley is the second-most).
The 50 points is the first in a Division I game since BYU's Jimmer Fredette scored 52 points against New Mexico on March 11, 2011. Last season there were just three total 50-point games in Division I.
Below is video of Murphy's output point-by-point.