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Dunker extraordinaire Ja Morant creates most of the highlights, but the Racers are far from a one-man show

FOR ALL that soaring sophomore point guard Ja Morant has done this season—he's eighth in the nation in points per game (24.2) and first in assists (10.1), and his dunks have brought unprecedented attention to this western Kentucky school—he's not the only player who makes the Racers go.

Darnell Cowart, a 6'8", 295-pound bruiser who shed 30 pounds after arriving on campus from Cowley County Community College in Arkansas City, Kans., last summer, ranks eighth in the nation in offensive rebounding percentage on Since becoming a starter at the beginning of February, the Chicago native is averaging 12.8 points and 9.5 rebounds, and Murray State is 4--0.

While Morant has mesmerized fans with his open-court play and absurd acrobatics, Cowart has impressed his coaches with his rapid improvement. He's an exceptional passer and draws nearly four fouls per game thanks to his ability to play the angles and his repertoire of crafty finishing moves.

0 Players since 1994--95 other than Morant who have gone 21 of 21 from the line in a game.