Former Memphis coach Larry Finch dies at 60

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Larry Finch, who coached his alma mater
Memphis for 11 seasons after a brief pro basketball career as a
player, has died. He was 60.

Tigers spokesman Lamar Chance said Finch died Saturday. He
didn't know the cause of death.

Finch suffered a debilitating stroke in 2002 at age 51. In
October 2010, he was hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia.

As Tigers' coach from 1986 to 1997, he compiled a 220-130
record. He took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament six times,
including a run to the final eight in 1992.

Finch, a guard, played for the Tigers from 1970 to 1973, scoring
1,869 points. The 1973 team lost to Bill Walton-led UCLA in the
NCAA championship game despite Finch's 29 points.

Finch's jersey, No. 21, was retired in 1974.


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