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Former College Basketball Star Has Died At 66

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A former St. John's University college basketball star passed away on Tuesday night, the school announced today.

St. John's announced this afternoon that former star Mel Utley died on Tuesday at 66.

Utley, a Queens native, is near the top of the St. John's record book in a number of offensive categories.

From St. John's:

A native of Far Rockaway, Utley scored 1,243 points in three seasons at St. John's, tied for 30th with Phil Greene IV on the school's all-time scoring list. He ranks among the program's all-time leading scorers despite playing just 84 games as a member of the Johnnies.

Utley also dished out 345 assists as a member of the Redmen, the second-highest total in program history by a three-year player.

Making his varsity debut in 1972-73 under the direction of Frank Mulzoff, Utley averaged 11.0 points per game and led the team in assists with 4.8 per game.

As a junior in 1973-74 under Lou Carnesecca, Utley enjoyed a jump in production, averaging 17.6 points per game on 49.4 percent shooting.

Utley poured a career-high 482 points as a senior in 1974-75 and again led the squad in assists with 4.3 per outing.

Rest in peace, Mel.

You can view St. John's full release here.