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Locals Murphy and Johnson in Olympic basketball

Canada forward Lizanne Murphy, left, shoots over Great

Canada forward Lizanne Murphy, left, shoots over Great Britain forward Julie Page, right, during first half basketball action at the Olympic Games in London on Monday July 30, 2012. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Frank Gunn) Credit: AP Photo Frank Gunn

Congratulations are in order for former Hofstra standout Lizanne Murphy (pictured left) and former LIU forward Kyle Johnson for their Olympic appearances.

Murphy helped team Canada advance to the quarterfinal in the 2012 Olympic Games in London. The 6-foot forward averaged 4.5 points and 2.3 rebounds in six games as the Canadian squad went 2-3 in pool play.

They fell to the United States in the quarterfinal round. Murphy’s best performance came in game two as she scored nine points and three rebounds in a 73-65 win over Great Britain. It was Canada’s first win in the Olympic Games since 2000.

Johnson, who helped lead LIU to the NCAA Tournament in 2011, contributed to Great Britain’s first win in men’s basketball in the Olympics since 1948. Johnson had nine points and two rebounds in Great Britain’s 90-58 win over China in its final contest of the 2012 Games.

Johnson came off the bench and hit three three-pointers for his squad. He finished with 14 total points in five games as Great Britain finished 1-4.

Johnson played professionally last season for APOEL in Cyprus and recently signed with Sutor Montegranaro in Italy.

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