2017-03-15 / Front Page

Delphi’s Murray going to ‘The Dance’

By John Dunn
Contributing sportswriter


Champions Cole Murray hoists the trophy after Northern Kentuky University won the Horizon League Conference Tournament championship last week. Photo by Chloe Smith/NKU Athletic Communications Champions Cole Murray hoists the trophy after Northern Kentuky University won the Horizon League Conference Tournament championship last week. Photo by Chloe Smith/NKU Athletic Communications 2013 Delphi graduate Cole Murray will play in the upcoming NCAA college basketball tournament as his Northern Kentucky Norse team earned an automatic bid by winning the Horizon League’s Conference tournament last week.

In an ESPN nationally televised game, Murray scored eight points and hit the game-clinching free throws in the final seconds in Northern Kentucky’s 59-53 victory over the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in the championship game played in Detroit, Mich.

The Norse, the #15- seed in the South region, will enter the NCAA tournament with a 24-10 record and face the #2- seed Kentucky Wildcats (29-5) in the 1st round in Indianapolis on Friday. The second game of the evening session tips off at approximately 9:40 p.m.


Murray for 3 Northern Kentucky senior Cole Murray has become one of the best 3- pt. shooters in school history. Photo by Doug Cochran (Sport Focus Media)/NKU Athletic Communications Murray for 3 Northern Kentucky senior Cole Murray has become one of the best 3- pt. shooters in school history. Photo by Doug Cochran (Sport Focus Media)/NKU Athletic Communications “I’m really excited about the opportunity ahead for us on Friday,” Murray said. “Winning the conference championship was one of the greatest experiences of my life.”

“What our team accomplished this season is something that few teams in the history of college basketball can say that they have done,” he added.

The game will be nationally televised on CBS with veteran announcers Jim Nantz, Grant Hill and Bill Raftery on the call, along with sideline reporter Tracy Wolfson.

This is the first season that NKU is eligible to make the postseason tournament per NCAA guidelines after transitioning to Division I athletics participation in 2012.

Northern Kentucky became just the seventh team all-time and only the second since 1970 to qualify for the NCAA tournament in its first year eligible.

Murray, a senior, has been a two-year starter for the Norse, averaging 10.2 points per game and leading the team in 3-pt. field goals made (99) this season after averaging 10.1 points last season when he again led the team in 3- pointers made (78).

Murray currently ranks #5 on the school’s all-time list for 3-pointers made in a season (99) and in a career (257). His 41.4 3-pt. percentage currently ranks #13 on the all-time career list.

Murray finished as Delphi’s #2 all-time scorer with 1,358 points and led the Oracles to their first Sectional since 2004 and only their fourth since 1967 during his senior year, when they finished with a 19-6 record, the most wins in a season since the 1982-83 campaign.

Murray is the son of Dave and Angie Murray of Delphi.

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