Tuesday, March 15, 2016

NJIT Coach Reveals the Secret of Slowing Down Jamal Murray

NJIT held Kentucky's Jamal Murray to just 8 points on 3-of-13 shooting way back in November.

It was the only time in 32 regular season and 3 postseason games that Murray didn't score in double figures.

NJIT head coach Jim Engle said he might add the accomplishment to his resume.

Here is an excerpt from NBA.com:

This season, all the way back on Nov. 14, NJIT pulled off another impressive feat. On that night, the Highlanders held Jamal Murray, Kentucky's freshman guard and a certain lottery pick in the June NBA Draft, to eight points. It was the only time through 31 regular-season games and three more in the Southeastern Conference tournament Murray didn't score in double figures.

Considering the hot streak Murray—who has scored 21 or more points in 12 of his last 13 games—has been on the last month and a half, holding him to less than 10 points turned out to be a big deal.

"No kidding," Engle said when he learned his team, and not Duke, UCLA, Ohio State, Louisville or 13 Southeastern Conference opponents on the Wildcats' schedule, was the only one that, so far at least, has contained the prolific Murray.

"I'm gonna put that on the resume right there, when he becomes an NBA All-Star."

So what is the secret to slowing Murray down?

On the only really forgettable night of Murray's sensational freshman season, he was 3 of 13 from the field and 1 of 10 from 3. What advice would Engle offer for Kentucky's NCAA tournament opponents seeking to shut down Murray?

"I wish I had a great answer for you," Engle said. "I think it was more just a function of, it was their second game of the year [and] they had played the night before. Obviously we were very focused on him. [But] I think it was probably more the fact it was his second game in less than 48 hours."

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