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Marquette great Dean Meminger dies

Marquette great Dean Meminger dies

By The Associated Press with James Kust. CREATED Aug 23, 2013 - UPDATED: Aug 23, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) -- Dean Meminger, the former Marquette guard who played a reserve role on the New York Knicks' 1973 NBA championship team, was found dead Friday in a Manhattan hotel room. He was 65.

New York City police said staff at the Hamilton Heights Hotel found Meminger unconscious and unresponsive inside a room and emergency medical personnel pronounced him dead. Police said there were no signs of trauma and that the cause of death hadn't been determined. They said an investigation is ongoing.

Meminger averaged 6.1 points in six seasons with the Knicks and Atlanta Hawks. A former New York City prep star at Rice High School, Meminger led Marquette to a 78-9 mark in three varsity seasons, averaging 18.8 points. He averaged 21.2 points as a senior in 1970-71 and was drafted 16th overall by the Knicks.

Marquette University released a statement Friday night in response to Meminger's passing:

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dean Meminger, one of the greatest players in the storied history of Marquette University basketball.  Dean will always be remembered by MU fans for leading the program to the 1970 National Invitation Tournament title and being a consensus All-America selection the following year.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dean’s family during this difficult time.”