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“I feel like I’ve got to be more of a knockdown shooter,” said Rodriguez, who mostly came off the bench before starting the last two games. “I can’t have any misses and I’ve got to be able to facilitate better.”
It is clear the Mustangs (8-6, 2-1) will struggle to win without the dynamic Murphy, at least against elite teams. They actually had balanced scoring Friday, with Tamajae Garner tallying a team-high 12 points to go with seven rebounds while Tyler Chandler came off the bench to score 10 points.
Rodriguez, Porter and Murphy all added nine points, with Murphy getting all of his in the fourth quarter thanks to a trio of 3-pointers, the last of which pulled Morton within 56-51.
Center Jeremiah Davis scored inside to make it 57-53 with 19.5 seconds remaining but the visitors could get no closer.