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The 55th season of Murray St Basketball
Overall: 23-8 Road: 8-6 Neutral: 8-6 Conference: 10-2
DateOpponentW/LScoreLocationNotes
12-4RooseveltW106-74Murray
12-7Pan AmericanL65-67Wichita, KSMcDonald's Classic
12-8San Francisco StateW74-43Wichita, KSMcDonald's Classic
12-11Arkansas StateW68-46Murray
12-13Georgia SouthernW64-62Murray
12-15Towson StateW70-59Murray
12-20Memphis StateL71-72Memphis, TN
12-22TexasL63-65Austin, TX
1-3Missouri-St. LouisW93-66Murray
1-5AkronL79-85Akron, OH
1-7Tennessee Tech*W73-72Cookeville, TN
1-10Morehead State*W85-67Murray
1-12Eastern Kentucky*W82-78Murray
1-14SamfordW78-62Murray
1-17Western Kentucky*L48-68Bowling Green, KY
1-19Middle Tennessee State*W61-53Murray
1-24Austin Peay State*W62-51Clarksville, TN
1-26Georgia SouthernW75-68Stateboro, GA
1-31AkronW100-74Murray
2-2Tennessee Tech*W100-73Murray
2-7Morehead State*W80-75Morehead, KY
2-9Eastern Kentucky*W79-78Richmond, KY
2-14Middle Tennessee State*W68-62Murfreesboro, TN
2-16Western Kentucky*L55-56Murray
2-18New OrleansW65-56Murray
2-21Austin Peay State*W87-69Murray
2-29Morehead StateW77-74Bowling Green, KYOVC Tournament
3-1Western KentuckyL51-54Bowling Green, KYOVC Tournament
3-5JacksonvilleW53-49Jacksonville, FLNational Invitation Tournament
3-10AlabamaW70-62Tuscaloosa, ALNational Invitation Tournament
3-13IllinoisL
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Box Score
Illinois vs Murray St 
Mar 13, 1980 at Champaign, Il 

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VISITORS: Murray State Racers
## Player Name            FG FT FTA  TP  
   Green...............    2  3  4   7
   Hooker..............    5  9 11  19
   Mann................    4  5  6  13
   Smith...............    4  2  2  10
   Sleets..............    3  0  0   6
   W.Davis.............    2  2  2   6
   Harris..............    1  0  0   2
   Boyd................    0  0  0   0
   M.Davis.............    0  0  0   0
   Totals..............   21 21 25  63 

Fouled out: Sleets

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HOME TEAM: Illinois Fightin' Illini
## Player Name            FG FT FTA TP
   Johnson.............    4  1  5   9
   Smith...............    6  0  2  12
   Holcomb.............    3  0  0   6
   Range...............    6  4  6  16
   Gray................    8  0  1  16
   Breshnahan..........    1  0  0   2
   Griffin.............    1  0  0   2
   Judson..............    1  0  0   2
   Cobb................    0  0  0   0 
   Totals..............   30  5 14  65

Fouled out: Holcomb

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Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Murray State..................   31   32   63
Illinois......................   34   31   65

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Illinois hold off Murray 65-63

Illinois, using it's fast break to gain an early lead, held on to edge Murray State 65-63 Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tour- nament before 15,070 fans at Champaign, Ill.

Murray State, which earlier beat Jacksonville and Alabama, bowed out with a 23-8 record, the most victories for the Ohio Valley Conference team since the 1941 season when the Racers had 25.

Illinois, now 20-13, had a 60-53 lead with five minutes, 18 seconds to play. In the remaining time, coach Lou Henson's team - No. 1 in the Big Ten in free- throw shooting - missed seven front ends of one-and-one situations.

Allen Mann sank a pair of free throws and Gary Hooker hit from the side to pull Murray within 60-57. Illinois' Perry Range swished a 15-footer, but Jerry Smith converted two foul shots for Murray.

Range then hit two free throws to restore Illinois' advantage to five, but Smith drilled a 20-footer. After the Illini's Mark Smith missed from the foul line in the one-and-one, Murray's Glen Green hit two free throws to pull the Racers within one 64-63.

Eddie Johnson, Illinois' top scorer who was limited to nine points, was fouled in the act of shooting. He missed the first attempt but made the second.

Under great pressure, Jerry Smith missed a 15-footer, and Mark Smith rebounded for Illinois. Johnson was fouled with four seconds left, but again he missed at the line. Murray rebounded and Jerry Smith rifled a 40-footer bounced off the rim at the buzzer.

Illinois breezed to a 12-3 lead with the benefit of four fast-break baskets at the outset. Murray coach Ron Greene said, "No one has gotten that many fast breaks against us all season."

To make matters worse for Murray, Illinois played a zone defense the entire game. Coach Henson adopted this strategy in a second-round victory over Illinois State and stuck with it against Murray. As a result, the Racers appeared tentative in attacking the defense.

Greene said, "The difference in the game was their ability to stay in the zone the whole game. If we could have gotten the lead, we could have pulled them out of it - and won."

Illinois got 14 baskets from guards Range and Reno Gray, who had 16 points apiece and combined for 13 assists.

Illinois shot 50.8 percent from the floor (30 of 59) and managed only 5 of 14 from the line for 35.7 percent. Murray hit 40.4 percent (21 of 52), but had five shots blocked by Illinois' tall front line.

Champaign, ILNational Invitation Tournament
* conference games
Co-Champion
OVC Tournament: Runner-up
NIT (2-1)

Roster and Stats

NameG - GSMinFGMFGAFG%3PA3PM3P%FTAFTMFT%ORDBRebPFAsTOBlStPtsPPG
Lamont Sleets31 - 01073 1874020.4650 0190148 0.7790086 91157950 052216.8
Glen Green31 - 0943 1082200.4910 09568 0.71600192 7899590 02849.2
Jerry Smith31 - 0951 1002520.3970 06650 0.7580087 6486680 02508.1
Allen Mann31 - 0705 951720.5520 07347 0.64400212 10119570 02377.6
Gary Hooker29 - 0991 2143870.5530 0144110 0.76400356 9352600 053818.6
Michael Davis29 - 0309 23630.3650 02018 0.9000021 1923120 0642.2
Herman Boyd28 - 0243 18510.3530 01610 0.6250034 279150 0461.6
Walt Davis22 - 0252 25520.4810 04332 0.7440038 216110 0823.7
Torrell Harris18 - 0122 15340.4410 052 0.400005 7880 0321.8
Barry Snow16 - 066 9190.4740 094 0.4440017 7330 0221.4
Kenney Hammonds13 - 0359 541200.4540 04230 0.7140077 3920190 013810.6
Tom Adams12 - 042 150.2000 065 0.833004 6450 070.6
Michael Bates11 - 0119 17320.5310 070 0.0000032 12180 0343.1
Jeff Strouse7 - 020 4100.4000 000 ----003 1320 081.1
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