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A classic Blue Raiders basketball game: A national championship

This story was posted on 2011-02-18 11:46:45
When Adair Countian Micah Harvey was a one-man wrecking crew. When, as Adair Countian Ed Diddle would have said, Pandum broke out in the stands 900 miles from Columbia in Albany, New York as Lindsey Wilson Coach Jim Voight's team won the National Championship. And the team was mostly local. With three Adair Countians, a Russell Countian, and a player from Bonnieville leading the way

By Anonymous Scribe

Albany, New York, March, 1972

Lindsey Wilson's heart-stopping come-from-behind victory over Shawnee state last night very nearly equals the Raider's greatest ever Hail Mary basketball win, a simply incredible game played nearly four decades ago

In the 1971-72 campaign, Coach Jim Voight's team played like a house afire and blazed its way with a string of victories that led to the final game of National Little College Athletic Association tournament, held that year in far off Albany, New York.

The first half of the championship game, played on March 11th, held anything but glory for the Blue Raiders and when the horn for intermission sounded, Lindsey's opponent, Palmer College out of Charleston, South Carolina, led by double digits.

But never -- never, I tell you, never -- count out a Kentuckian. The smattering of Lindseyites in the stands who had made the 900 mile trek from Columbia to Albany never lost the faith -- and neither did Adair County's own Micah Harvey. When the second half started, Iron Man Micah hit the hardwood with fire in his eyes, icewater in his veins, and resolve in his heart.

The South Carolinians may have counted out the Kentuckians, but when play resumed, Palmer College never knew what hit them.

In that never-to-be-forgotten second half, Micah became a one-man wrecking crew and inspired by his play, the Blue Raiders scrapped and swashbuckled their way to a 66-66 tie over the next 19 minutes and 54 seconds.

As the sound of the final horn marched toward history, the unbelievable, the stuff of dreams came to pass:

Six ticks of the time clock to go............ tie game............. Harvey has the ball........ he shoots............... itttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt's..............good! Lindsey wins, Lindsey wins!

And yes, the fans went wild.

(The 1971-'72 basketball roster: Steve Campbell, "Big Al" Crim, Micah Harvey, Mike Humphress, Pat Payne, Gary Powell, Tom Skaggs, Vic Stansbury, Chester Tucker, and Keith Young. Harvey, Campbell and Young hailed from Adair County, Tucker from Russell County, and Humphress from over Bonnieville way.)

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