Ray Buffy dies in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame at the age of 80

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

Buffy is a graduate of New Castle High School where he earned his first Indiana Star in 1959 and a runner-up in Indiana Mr. Basketball. 1190 points set Buffy’s career record for New Castle and his 23.3 points per game record in a single season.

He is best known for scoring 51 points in his freshman year regular season final against the Kokomo Wildkats, nicknamed the “Church Street Shootout”. In the 1959 edition of the Indianapolis Star, sports writer Bob Collins wrote that a New Castle elementary school voted on the person they liked the most. President Dwight D. Eisenhower ranked second. Ray Buffy was the winner.