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December 28, 2013

Wolfe scores 25 to become Pizza Hut's career scoring leader

TERRE HAUTE — Casey’s Brandon Wolfe was a fan of the Pizza Hut Wabash Valley Classic long before he played in it.

He said Saturday that he watched Jake Odum, John Michael Jarvis, R.J. Mahurin and other past Pizza Hut Classic stars ply their trades.

“I always came here. I loved watching all of those guys. They were an inspiration to me growing up,” Wolfe said.

On Saturday, he left them all behind in the Pizza Hut Classic record book.

Wolfe scored 25 points in Casey’s 69-47 victory over Robinson in a Pizza Hut Classic winners’ bracket consolation game. His final bucket, a 3-pointer from the top of the circle with 2:30 left in the game on an assist from Zach Murphy, gave him the points he needed to set the record.

Wolfe has 293 career points in the tournament. That broke the previous mark of 292 held by Rockville’s Mahurin, who amassed his points from 2005-08.

“I knew I was close [to the record], but I wasn’t certain. I got an open look and Zack kicked me the ball,” Wolfe said. “It’s a great feeling, but you can’t take anything away from R.J. He’s incredible. It’s a big honor.”

Casey coach Jason Hanson was proud of his senior stalwart.

“It’s a good honor for him. It shows how much time and effort he’s put in to make himself the player he is,” Hanson said.

Wolfe piled up most of his points in the first half. He had 17 at halftime and had 10 points in Casey’s 21-5 game-starting run against the injury-ravaged Maroons.

Casey’s 21-5 start proved too much for Robinson to overcome. Besides Wolfe, Corey Carver came off the bench and scored nine points in the first four minutes.

The Maroons played without leading scorer Michael Akande, who suffered a concussion against Sullivan on Friday. Robinson is also missing second-leading scorer Jason Richart.

After the tough start, Robinson fought hard. The Maroons were able to knock their deficit down to 10 several times, but couldn’t get a breakthrough. It took a late 12-0 Casey run to put Robinson away for good. Casey shot 7 of 10 from 3-point range in the contest.

Parker Bopp led the Maroons with 17 points.

“It was a good win. [Robinson] has had some tough losses on their team with Michael Akande and Jason Richart out. They fought hard and played well. It was a tough win for us,” Wolfe said.

Casey next plays Owen Valley in Monday’s fifth-place game where Wolfe has a chance to add to his scoring record.

Robinson, undone by bad injury luck in an otherwise fine Classic performance, plays host to Paris on Jan. 7.

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