12-3-48 Game 1 Vs Wesleyan Also Harlan Hodges Background, 48-49 Schedule
New Thoroughbred -Jockey Sits Uneasily In Saddle Thi i another lary in a eri on hntkrtball prospect at Kentucky college. The Murray Thoroughbreds have a new jockey this season, Harlan Hodges from Southern Illinois University, and he's sitting uneasily in the saddle, wondering what to expect. As his basketball charges prepared to come out of the starting gate in their opener last night against Kentucky Wesleyan, Hodges admitted he was a good mile and an eighth away from knowing what kind of team he has. Instead of the jockey whispering encouragement into the Thoroughbred's ear it was the Thoroughbred who was telling the jockey. "I'm new here," Coach Hodges said, "so I couldn't say how our team compares with last year's. The boys, however, tell me they think they have just as good a team." V Although he has been impressed with his team's ability to score in. practice, he feels his prospects aren't good enough for the league he's in. He fears that Ohio Valley Conference foes like Louisville, Western and Eastern have too much for him. Murray won only 12 and lost 10 last season and its stellar performer for four years, Red Reagan, is gone. A Murray team without Reagan seems strange. He was the greatest point-getter in the school's history. Hodges has a squad of 10 let-termen and 10 freshmen. The boy he thinks could make the difference between a mediocre Murray Skill You Just Can't Beat By TOMMY FITZGERALD. team and a good one is inactive at present with an injured knee. He is Don Williams, 6-foot, 4-inch sophomore from Pinckney-ville, I1L KNEW HIM "He played little last season," Hodges said," but I remembered him from up in Illinois when my Frankfort.111., high school teams played against him. He was quite a player then. So when I came to Murray, I began working on him right away. His play until he was hurt was really marvelous. We Murray Tops Wesleyan - 4 - Murray, Ky., Dec. 3 (JT) Murray State College's Thoroughbreds opened their basketball season here tonight by edging Kentucky Wesleyan 56-49. The Wesleyan Panthers from Winchester grabbed an early lead but two minutes before the first half ended Murray forged ahead 28-27. Forward Rex Alexander sank two goals to put Murray in front. The lead changed hands frequently in the second half. Little Bennie PurcelL 150-pound Murray guard, led the Thoroughbreds with 10 points. Forward Glenn Cassell of Wesleyan was high-point man of the game with 13. Lineups: Wesleyan f g ft pf Murray tg.ti.pt. Wheeler i 2 0 0 Herrolf I O 0 o Cassell 1 11 Snow f 12 1 Snerieear e . 4 1 1 Dewee c ? ? Le Forge S 3 0 5 Stephenson g 4 1 1 Wood g 4 4 5 Frank 1-c 12 0 Maean g 0 0 1 Cavender g 4 O 1 Curtis g 10 0 Alexander t- 3 4 2 Christopher e 1 1 4 Loughary 2 0 2 Purcell C 4 2 2 Totals 21 TIT Totals 2114 10 . Half-time score: Murray 28, Wesleyan 27. expect to have him back after Christmas." Taking the place of Williams is 6-foot 7-inch Melvin DeWeese, who lives at Bardwell. Ky., but who played for St. Mary's of Paducah, Ky. He's green now, but Hodges is confident he'll be quite a player in a couple of years. FROM VALLEY Other Murray starters against Wesleyan were a couple of veteran forwards Juniors Charles Snow and Zadia Herrold and a pair of sophomore guards, Don Stephenson from Valley Station, Ky., and Charles McKee. Hodges said his reserves are "about as good" as his starters and this protection relieves him of 8t least one concern. Hodges, who is 45. has been coaching 21 years. His basketball teams have won about three-fourths of their games. Before going to Southern Illinois U., he coached football and basketball at West Frankfort, 111., High. Twice he brought his football team to Louisville to play Male High. That was during the days Abe Addams was starring for Male. "They had as good a high school football team as I've ever seen," he remarked. Murray's schedule brings the Thoroughbreds to Louisville twice for a meeting with U. of L. on January 28 and for the Ohio Valley Conference Tournament February 23-26. Their schedule the rest of the season follows: Dec. 4 at Austin-Pea v; Dec. at Cape Girardeau: Dec. JO Middle Tennessee, home; Dec 11 at Tennessee Tech; Dec. 16 Austin-Peay. home: Dec. 17 Delta State, home; Dec. 29-Jan. 1 Midwest Tournament, Terre Haute. Ind : Jan. 5 at Middle Tennessee: Jan. 8 Eastern, home; Jan. 11 Evansville, home; Jan. 13 Tennessee Tech. home; Jan. 15 at E-astem; Jan. n at Marshall: Jan. is at Morehead: Jan. 22 Morehead. home; Jan. 25 Cape Girardeau, home: Jan. 24 at Louisville; Feb. 2 Memphis State, home; Feb. 5 at Western: Feb. 8 Louisville, home; Feb. 10 at Evansville; Feb. 14 Western, home: Feb. let at Memphis State: Feb. 23-26 Ohio Valley Tournament at Louisville.