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Holloway hot in early January, honored

By Mark Edwards 340-2461

Austin High graduate Tyler Holloway, a 6-foot-2 sophomore, scored 51 points in two Murray State victories recently, and for his efforts, he won the Ohio Valley Conference player of the week award.

He had 22 points against Eastern Illinois on Jan. 2 and a career-high 29 against Tennessee State on Jan. 4. He followed up with 24 points against Southeast Missouri State.

He has started all 17 games for Murray State, a perennial Ohio Valley Conference power that has slumped to 7-10 this year.

He ranks second on the team with 12.2 points a game and third with 2.3 assists.

He has made 88.5 percent of his free throws, which ranks 30th in NCAA Division I. The NCAA requires that players average at least 2.5 free throws a game to qualify, and Holloway has sunk 46 of 52 for the season.

Making 14 of 15 from the line against Southeast Missouri State gave him room to spare.

A look at some other Division I college stars with local ties:

Starr Orr (Speake), Middle Tennessee State: Orr doesn't score as much as she did in her high school days.

The state's all-time leading prep girls scorer, she averages only 5.5 points a game for the Middle Tennessee State women. But she has found plenty of ways to contribute for a team that's ranked No. 20 in the latest Associated Press poll and has posted a 16-3 record.

This past week, she had 10 points, six rebounds, four steals and three assists for MTSU in a 78-50 win over New Orleans. The 5-8 junior starts at guard.

Afterward, her coach, Rick Insell, praised Orr in an interview with the Daily News Journal of Murfreesboro, Tenn.

"Starr Orr was everywhere," Insell said. "She was everywhere in every game we played this week. She was getting rebounds, forcing turnovers, getting steals, knocking down jumpers and hitting 3-pointers."

Orr also made the all-tournament team earlier this year in the Subway Classic in Minneapolis. MTSU beat Maine 87-60 and Minnesota 79-61, and in the two games, Orr had 26 points, 15 rebounds, 11 assists and four steals.

Orr scored 4,155 points in her career at Speake.

Brooke Hand (Lawrence County), Chattanooga: A 5-8 junior, Hand continues to provide a long-range threat for the Lady Mocs, who are 12-6 but have won nine of their past 11.

A starter in all 18 games, Hand averages 11.7 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists a game.

Her points rank second on the team, and she's first in minutes on the court (31.5 a game), 3-pointers (2.9 a game) and free-throw percentage (.786).

Among all Division I women players in the country, Hand ranks sixth in 3-pointers a game. She's 67th in 3-point percentage at 37.6 a game.

Tarrance Crump (Decatur), Purdue: A 6-1 junior, Crump has started 14 of 18 games as the Boilermakers have compiled a 13-5 record, including 11-0 at home. He averages 6.1 points and 1.7 assists a game, and his .826 free-throw percentage leads the team.

Earlier, he hit the game-winning shot with 1.2 seconds left in a 61-59 win over Virginia.

Freddie Harris (Decatur), Robert Morris: A 6-8 senior, Harris has started all 16 games for the Colonials (11-5).

He ranks fifth in scoring with 4.7 points a game and fourth in rebounding with 3.2. In conference games, his numbers have jumped to 5.7 points and 4.6 rebounds.

His .518 shooting percentage from the field leads the team.

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