Racer Hoopalooza to honor 2009-10 team

All former Murray State coaches, players and managers are invited back to campus August 2-3 to celebrate the sixth annual Racer Hoopalooza. (Photo courtesy of Murray State)

Story by Nick Kendall

Contributing writer

nkendall1@murraystate.edu

All former Murray State coaches, players and managers are invited back to campus August 2-3 to celebrate the sixth annual Racer Hoopalooza.

Fans of the Racers are also invited to be part of the reception and dinner that Friday at the CFSB Center and a golf scramble and pick-up basketball games that Saturday.

“Having just completed an incredible decade of Murray State basketball, we are looking forward to celebrating one of the greatest teams in Murray State history at Racer Hoopalooza 2019,” said Head Coach Matt McMahon. “This upcoming season marks the 10 year anniversary of Coach Billy Kennedy’s 2009-10 Racer team that won 31 games, an OVC championship, and in dramatic fashion, recorded the second NCAA Tournament win in program history.  Racer Hoopalooza will be a special event reuniting this historic team with our great fans here at Murray State.”

Best known for Danero Thomas’ buzzer beater that took down the four-seeded Vanderbilt Commodores 66-65 in San Jose, California, the 2009-10 Racers’ second NCAA Tournament win in program history came exactly 22 years after the first one against North Carolina State in 1988.

Prior to the last two seasons, that was the last Murray State men’s basketball team to reach the biggest stage in College Basketball.

All former Murray State players, coaches and managers should contact McMahon for special pricing and to confirm that they are attending.

All fans should call the CFSB Center ticket hotline at (270) 809-3000 or email msu.tickets@murraystate.edu. The cost is $75 per person for the reunion and banquet. The cost is $65 for an individual player for the golf scramble and $250 for a team. The golf scramble will be held at Murray Country Club.