Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame Inductee Ray Pavy Dies at Age 80

Ray Pavy, a member of the 1960-1961 Indiana Hoosiers basketball team, died on Monday at age 80.

Pavy is a graduate of New Castle High School where he was a 1959 Indiana All-Star and the runner up for Indiana Mr. Basketball. Pavy’s 1,190 points set the New Castle career scoring record and his 23.3 points per game set a single-season record. 

He’s famously known for scoring 51 points in the final regular season game of his senior year against the Kokomo Wildkats, nicknamed the “Church Street Shootout.” In a 1959 edition of the Indianapolis Star, sportswriter Bob Collins wrote that a New Castle grade school voted on the person they admired most. President Dwight D. Eisenhower finished second. Ray Pavy was the winner.