Maurice Lucas, Former Marquette Basketball Star Dies Age 58

November 1st, 2010 - 11:17 pm ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Maurice Lucas Nov 1 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Maurice Lucas, former Marquette basketball star has passed away in his home in Portland, Oregon, at the young age of 58 after a battle with bladder cancer.

He played for two seasons at Marquette, and won the Warriors to win the NCAA title in 1974, when they played against North Carolina State. Among his many great shots was a “buzzer beater” which put his team over the top against Wisconsin in the same year.

Lucas played with the Spirits of St Louis and the joined the Portland Trailblazers of the NBA in 1976, when the leagues joined together. He went on to win an NBA title with the Portland team in ‘77 alongside team-mate Bill Walton, who named his son Luke after Lucas.

Marquette retired the #20 Jersey of Lucas, and inducted him into the Marquette Hall of Fame.

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