Canaan lifts Murray St over Colorado St, 58-41

COLIN FLY AP Sports Writer Published:

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Isaiah Canaan scored 15 points in Murray State's return to the NCAA tournament after a two-year wait, and Donte Poole added 13 to lead the Racers to a 58-41 victory over Colorado State on Thursday in the second round.

Canaan mishandled the ball in the closing seconds of a two-point loss to Butler in 2010 as a freshman. He's the leader of this group now, and Murray State (31-1) expects a long run in this tournament as the mid-major darlings.

Poole scored Murray State's first eight points early, and the sixth-seeded Racers shook off an 11-day wait with an 18-2 rally to start the second half.

Pierce Hornung led Colorado State (20-12) with 12 points and matched a career-high with 17 rebounds for the 11th-seeded Rams, who were making their first tournament appearance since 2003.