Blondet Suspended, -Breather9 -Breather9 Becomes Crucial for Murray By JACK BOWERS ) Courier-Journal Courier-Journal Courier-Journal & Times Staff Writer )If anyone had suggested a month ago that a game with Louisiana College would be one of the most important of the season for Murray State University, he'd have been escorted to the nearest head shrinker for therapy. But now the picture has changed dramatically. dramatically. Louisiana College, scheduled as a "breather" between Ohio Valley Conference Conference contests, has become instead a "roust game" for these reasons: v Murray, the defending OVC champion, champion, is in the throes of a three-game three-game three-game losing losing streak and must beat someone to end it$ slump and regain its confidence. " A loss on its home court to unheralded unheralded Louisiana College would be a serious blow to Murray's morale, already already sagging somewhat after setbacks at! East Tennessee, Kansas and Western Kentucky. V Murray must prove it can win without without Hector Blondet. JBlondet has been dismissed from the squad for "academic deficiencies and a violation of training regulations," according according to coach Cal Luther. The 6-foot-4 6-foot-4 6-foot-4 6-foot-4 6-foot-4 junior from Brooklyn, N.Y., was Murray's second leading scorer with a 15.9 average. ''It's an indefinite suspension," says Lather. "He may return but I've set no time limit on it. Meanwhile, we're down to; 10 able-bodied able-bodied able-bodied men." Those 10 will try tonight to protect a 23-game 23-game 23-game home-court home-court home-court winning streak against a Louisiana College team that for the past5 three seasons has traveled to Murray, taken its licking and trudged slowly home to the bayou. "'But they're a different ball club this time," says Luther. "They're starting four seniors" and have a 12-6 12-6 12-6 record (Murray is! 11-5). 11-5). 11-5). They beat Mississippi State on the road and lost in overtime to a fine Louisiana Tech club. ''They have good size and experience. W;e're not looking for an easy game." Luther says he was disappointed by what he calls "our second poor shooting night in a row" in Monday's 85-75 85-75 85-75 loss at Western. "We had the open shots," he says. "We just weren't hitting them. (Claude) Vir-den Vir-den Vir-den was missing shots he usually puts in his pocket. And when he's not producing, we're in trouble. Missing Open Shots "Meanwhile, Western had a hot hand with Jim Rose and Jerome Perry scoring from outside and we were forced to gamble in the second half. That's when their size really hurt us. "I thought we defensed them real well," Luther adds. "They coughed up the ball several times and we got some cheap baskets. But we missed too many wide-open wide-open wide-open shots from 10-15 10-15 10-15 feet that we should have been hitting." The loss to Western left Murray in third place in the conference with a 4-2 4-2 4-2 record. Western is the leader with a 5-0 5-0 5-0 mark while East Tennessee is second at 5-1. 5-1. 5-1. "What worries us," says Luther, "is that Western is running out of people who are capable of beating them. They've already won at Eastern and Morehead, and I can't envision teams like Austin Peay or Middle Tennessee challenging them." That would seem to leave things pretty much up to Murray and East Tennessee, both of whom face Western at home later in the season. Western needed an overtime overtime period to whip East Tennessee 95-91 95-91 95-91 at Bowling Green. East Tennessee already owns a victory at Eastern. Murray, however, has yet to face Eastern and Morehead on the road although it has beaten both of them at Murray. Wesleyan Hosts Delta Luther admits his team was "down in the dumps" following its loss to Western. But he adds: "I really believe we'll bounce back. We have a fine bunch of kids. They've been on top for two years and they aren't .