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McCormick Reunion Sparks Roberts Wesleyan Debut Win

BY DAVE SHEA

ROCHESTER - The first collegiate basketball collaboration between Heuvelton's sister combination of Paige and Madison McCormick produced a familiar result on Tuesday.

Producing a flashback to their high school days when the daughters of Charlie and Kari McCormick played on three straight New York State Class D Championships Paige and Madison combined on efficient scoring efforts of 14 points for Paige and six for Madison in a 75-62 season opening nonleague win over Bryant and Stratton.

Both players also passed out five assists after combining to score seven of the first 11 points for the Red Hawks who broke out to a 22-9 first quarter lead which proved to be decisive.

A senior forward Paige, a three-time Class D Player of the Year in New York State, made her Red Hawks' debut after transferring from Division I University Massachussets. She tallied her 14 points On 6-11 shooting, went 2-5 from 3-point range, grabbed seven rebounds and passed out five assists.

Madison, a sophomore second year starter in the backcourt and former all-state selection at Heuvelton, netted two of four 3-point attempts to score her six points with five assists in the winning offense which featured four double-figure scorers headed by Gkizani Dimitra who scored 15 points on 7-8 shooting, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked two shots.

The Red Hawks will be back at home on Friday to host Clarion University. All Red Hawks games are streamed live off the Roberts Wesleyan Athletics website.

SOUTH CAROLINA LADIES RALLY PAST KENTUCKY

Destanni Henderson scored 22 points and SEC Player of the week Aliyah Boston netted 20, including 10 in the third quarter as No. 5 South Carolina rallied for a 75-70 victory over No. 10 Kentucky in SEC Women's Basketball action on Sunday night.

The Gamecocks trailed 41-32 at halftime and 54-46 late in the third before closing the quarter with an 11-2 run and followed with a 12-2 surge to open the fourth.

Chasity Patterson scored eight consecutive points to get Kentucky within 69-68 before LeLe Grissett and Boston scored inside and Zia Cooke netted two free throws with 10.3 seconds remaining.

South Carolina (8-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) won its fifth in a row after postponing a game against Georgia because of a positive coronavirus test in the program . Rhyne Howard had 32 points and Patterson and Dre'Una Edwards 12 each for the Wildcats (9-3, 2-2 SEC). South Caroline plays Vanderbilt on Thursday.

WELL DESERVED KUDOS FOR MICHAEL LUCKIE

Words of praise can sometimes gain more significance when you consider the source.

Especially if it a tip of the hat from a legendary basketball coach to an official.

Ogdensburg native Michael Luckie recently officiated in a game between Northeastern University and Hofstra. Northeastern posted a 67-56 win and following the win Northeastern's Coordinator of Basketball Advancement Tom Murphy answered an email of congratulations from longtime friend and fellow New York State Basketball Hall of Famer, OFA's Bill Merna. Murphy cited the efforts of Luckie who played for Coach Merna at OFA.

"Bill. Thanks. Hope all is going well. We will keep plugging. Had Mike Luckie on the game today. He does a good job," wrote Coach Murphy.

Luckie is one of three former OFA Basketball players who are currently officiating at the NCAA Division I level along with his brother Jamie Luckie and Nate Farrell.

Tom Murphy is one of the true basketball legends in New York State enjoying landmark efforts at the Union Academy in Belleville (now Belleville-Henderson) and Hamilton College.

His amazing resume is chronicled in the Northeastern Men's Basketball webpage. He guided a 104 game winning streak at the Union Academy and posted 602 wins at Hamilton.

Tom Murphy, the man responsible for head coach Bill Coen’s development as both a player and a coach, now works alongside his former prote´ge´ and just wrapped up his 13th season with Northeastern Men's Baseball. Murphy was in his ninth season as Coordinator of Basketball Advancement after previously serving as associate head coach for four seasons.

With 36 years of head coaching experience, he is an invaluable resource for the Huskies basketball program. Murphy keeps in constant contact with a wealth of industry contacts, Huskies supporters and alumni, aiding the program’s development.

The New York basketball coaching legend spent 34 seasons as the head coach at Hamilton College, where Coen was one of his many outstanding recruits. Murphy also gave Coen his first coaching job in college basketball, when Coen worked as an assistant under him from 1987-89.

During Murphy’s illustrious coaching career at Hamilton, he posted a 602-263 record, leading the Continentals to 30 postseason berths and 16 seasons of 20 or more wins. He has been inducted into the New York, Utica and SUNY halls of fame and was named the March of Dimes Coach of the Year in 1999. He is also a five-time New York State Coach of the Year, a three-time District Coach of the Year and was named the National Coach of the Year in 1979. Throughout his career, Murphy has coached 20 All-Americans and a pair of National Players of the Year. Murphy was recently honored by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) with the Outstanding Service Award for his efforts at Hamilton. In 2006, he was given the ECAC’s James Lynch Distinguished Achievement Award.

Murphy left Hamilton in 2004 and brought his coaching success to SUNY Institute of Technology. He served as the associate head coach for one season before being named the school’s head coach in 2005.

Murphy’s legacy goes far beyond college basketball in the state of New York. He began his career working as a high school physical education teacher and athletics director. He coached baseball, football and basketball at Colton-Pierrepont Central and Union Academy in Belleville. Murphy and his Union Academy squad posted a record 104 consecutive victories and produced four Section 3 championships.

In addition, Murphy also served as the school’s athletics director for 23 years. He was also a noted fundraiser and was particularly successful in his involvement with Coaches vs. Cancer and even created a booster club for Hamilton’s athletics programs.

Murphy is an active member of the NABC and has sat on many NCAA and ECAC basketball committees. He graduated from Springfield College in 1960 and received his master’s of education from Springfield the following year.

Madison McCormick. Roberts Wesleyan Photo

Paige McCormick. Roberts Wesleyan Photo

Legendary Coach Tom Murphy. Northeastern University Photo.

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