JACKSONVILLE – Tommy Murr, the AHSAA’s all-time leading score in history, closed out his senior season with 56 points Thursday night but even that wasn’t enough as Jacksonville Christian ousted the Lions 82-78 in overtime at the Northeast Regional tourney in Class 1A.
Murr, who closed his season with a single-season state record 1,506 points in 34 games, averaged 44.3 points a game this season, which currently ranks second in the nation according to MaxPreps. The senior who signed with David Lipscomb University in Nashville, finished his fable prep career with 5,716 points and had a career average of 31.6 in 181 games.
Murr was 23-of-47 from the field at JSU’s Pete Mathews Coliseum and 7-of-10 at the foul line, had 10 rebounds, three assists, four steals and just five turnovers. Jacksonville Christian (22-7), which advanced in the Northeast Regional to face Spring Garden in the 1A finals next Monday, also got an outstanding effort from Chase Vinson, who had 39 points with s 14-of-17 effort from the field and 11-of-14 at the free-throw line.
He also had 21 rebounds, including eight on the offensive boards. Kobe Messer added 17 points and Eli Fair had 14 for the winners.