Murray, Roe, Gatzounas open college basketball season

Sports Editor
Published: 11/30/2020 4:41:38 PM

Amherst Regional graduate Meikkel Murray debuted on Saturday for the Central Michigan men’s basketball team.

The Chippewas opened the season at Illinois-Chicago and nearly pulled off a comeback. Central Michigan trailed by 12 at the half and had a chance to win the game at the buzzer, but Murray’s half-court heave missed.

Murray started and showed off his all-around game for Chippewas. He finished with 12 points, five steals and four rebounds. He shot 5 of 13 from the floor.

The 6-foot-6 junior guard was the player of the year in the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC) last year. He also earned National Junior College Athletic Association Second-Team honors.

After leading the Hurricanes to three straight Western Massachusetts Division 1 championship games, Murray spent a postgraduate year at Lee Academy in Maine.

Central Michigan plays at Florida International at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

ROE CALL — Sam’i Roe, who starred at Hopkins Academy, also made his Division I college debut. The 6-foot-1 junior guard came off the bench for Nebraska Omaha.

Omaha opened the season with a 72-66 loss to Austin Peay in the Gulf Coast Showcase in Estero, Florida, on Wednesday. Roe played 19 minutes off the bench and finished with five points, two rebounds and one assist.

The Mavericks beat Middle Tennessee, 60-59, on Thanksgiving. Roe had two points, two rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench.

Omaha closed out the event with a 70-58 loss to Abilene Christian on Saturday. Roe had one rebound in six minutes of action.

Omaha has a four-mile road trip to No. 9 Creighton on Tuesday (5 p.m., FS1).

Since graduating from Hopkins, Roe completed a postgrad year at Isaiah Christopher Academy, then one junior college year and both Palm Beach State and Independence Community College.

LAST TIME AROUND — South Hadley native Sophie Gatzounas opened her senior year at Navy with a 72-68 loss to George Mason, Sunday in Fairfax, Virginia.

Gatzounas started and finished with a career-high 26 points, seven rebounds and two steals in 39 minutes. Gatzounas was named captain prior to the start of the season.

Navy visits Richmond on Wednesday.

Mike Moran can be reached at Follow on Twitter @mikemoranDHG.

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