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Former College Basketball Star Dead At 63

A game ball for the NCAA Tournament.

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A former college basketball star has passed away at the age of 63.

Tony Hanson, a former UCONN star who led the program to a Sweet 16 in 1976, has died.

The Associated Press had the tragic details:

Hanson died Sunday at his home in Windham. His death was confirmed Monday by the Potter Funeral home in Windham, which is handling funeral arrangements.

The 6-foot-5 guard from Waterbury starred for UConn from 1973-1977, scoring 1,990 points, which ranks third in program history. He averaged 17.9 points per game and 26 points as a senior.

In 2007 his name and No. 42 were placed on the wall of Gampel Pavilion as part of the inaugural “Huskies of Honor” class.

Hanson, a Connecticut native, averaged 26 points and 10 rebounds a game for UCONN in his senior year. He finished his time with the Huskies with career averages of 17.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.