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RPI's Murley Close to Return

By Ed Weaver

Troy Record, January 3, 2002

TROY - Matt Murley is about 99-something percent sure he'll play Friday night against Brown.

Ahh, better make that the low-90s Murley said, thinking back to being disappointed last weekend when he was sure he would play.

The Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute senior co-captain has been battling mononucleosis for a month.

He's missed five games and is climbing the Houston Field House rafters to get back into the lineup.

"I've been getting pretty antsy," Murley said. "It's pretty tough to be sitting and watching this long, especially with the real tight games we've had."

Having been "by far the most sick I've ever been," Murley says he's getting close to feeling 100 percent physically.

Murley has 10 points (7-3-10) in eight games, the No. 2 scoring ratio on the team to Marc Cavosie.

He's not worried his puck-handling and shooting will be off their mark.

"Now, I've had six practices (since being out)," he said. "I feel fairly sharp. And it's kinda like riding a bike."

Murley is much more concerned with standings points than points in his stats column.

"I'm just anxious to get some points in the league," he said. "We've got (five) big league games (this week and next), four big possible points this weekend. We have to make our move right now and get some wins."