Former MSU basketball star Crittenden dies at 80


Web Editor - Ryan Burkett

MURRAY, Ky. - A former Murray State University basketball star passed away Friday night at the age of 80.

Howard "Howie" Crittenden died at his home in Murray. He is remembered by many as a star basketball player at Murray State in the 1950s.

After leading Cuba High School to a state championship in 1952, Crittenden played basketball at MSU. While there, he broke the record for the most points scored by any Kentucky college basketball player in a four-year career.

Crittenden's school record for points scored in a career stood for 33 years. He was later inducted into the Murray State Hall of Fame and his number, 19, was retired by the university.

Crittenden earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1956 and later earned his master's degree from MSU. His other accomplishments include time in the United States Army Reserve and a year of active duty. He later worked as a high school basketball coach and a principal. Crittenden also spent time as an assistant basketball coach at the University of Missouri.

Howie Crittenden is survived by his wife, Margaret "Meg" Crittenden; one son, Howie Crittenden, Jr., of Murray; one brother, Rev. Norman Crittenden of Covington, Tennessee; and two grandchildren, Taylor Crittenden of Murray, and Austin Crittenden of Mayfield.