Murray State hit 60 percent of its field goals in the second half and got clutch foul-shooting from Mike McDuffen to upset Notre Dame, 56-54, last night in South Bend, Ind.
The Irish, now 1-3, had a chance to tie the game in the closing seconds, but Murray State's Glen Green blocked a layup attempt by Barry Spencer as time ran out.
The Racers (3-2) overcame a seven-point Irish lead in the last 15 minutes. The lead changed seven times in the second half, but Murray State went out ahead, 51-50, on Sammy Curran's layup with 3:48 left.
After the Racers took the lead, the Irish were forced to foul to stop the clock and Murray State hit six of seven free throws in the last 90 seconds.
Green, a 6-foot-6 junior forward, topped the winners with 15 points, while Notre Dame guard John Paxson led all scorers with 19.
McDuffen scored four of his six points in the last 49 seconds when he converted both ends of a pair of one-and-one free throw opportunities. Barry Spencer and Tom Sluby scored 10 points each for Notre Dame.