The Murray State basketball program welcomed home their alumni Friday night as part of the biennial RacerHoopalooza event. Dozens of former and current players, coaches, and staff attended the event at the CFSB Center.
The guests of honor were the members of the 2009-10 team that won an Ohio Valley Conference championship and beat Vanderbilt on Danero Thomas' buzzer-beating basket in the NCAA Tournament.
For many members of that team, this was the first time they've been back to Murray since they graduated, and they felt like they never left.
"The same man, just feels like home," Thomas said. "I am excited about today. This is nice getting all of the guys back together. Everybody is married, got kids, living in different places so I am loving it. I am loving it.
"People always talk about the rings, the year," former Racer Isaiah Canaan said. "Biggest thing we formed that year was just a brotherhood of relying on each other, pushing each other, fighting with each other, learning from each other."
"We have been gone for ten years but we still keep up with each other and now that we are all back together it is just like we never left," former Racer Tony Easley said. "We are still joking about practices and talking about the old moments that we had back in the day, so it is great to have that back in our lives and to be able to appreciate it and enjoy it for a little while."
The RacerHoopalooza event continues Saturday with a golf scramble and then a pick-up basketball game for any players wanting to participate.