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Bill Hougland
University of Kansas

Second player to win to 2 Olympic basketball gold medals dies

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Kansas standout Bill Hougland, who led the Jayhawks to the 1952 national title before becoming the second player to win two Olympic basketball gold medals, died Monday. He was 86.

The school announced that Hougland had died in Lawrence. No cause was given.

Hougland played in 77 games for coach Phog Allen during his three-year college career. Along with a national title, Hougland helped the Jayhawks win Big Seven titles in 1950 and 1952.

He was among seven Kansas players who helped the U.S. win gold at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, then was part of the team that repeated its golden performance at the 1956 Melbourne Games.

After his playing career, Hougland served in the Air Force and worked in the oil industry. He also remained close to his alma mater, donating more than $1.2 million to the school.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly said Hougland was the first player to win two Olympic basketball gold medals. The first was Bob Kurland on the 1948 and 1952 U.S. Olympic teams.

First player to win Olympic, NCAA, NBA titles dies

Clyde Lovellette
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LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Clyde Lovellette, the Hall of Fame forward who led Kansas to the 1952 national championship before helping the U.S. win gold at the Helsinki 1952 Olympics, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. He was 86.

Lovellette’s family said he died at his home in North Manchester, Ind.

Lovellette was the first of seven players to win Olympic, NCAA and NBA titles, completing the feat in 1954, according to sports-reference.com.

A two-time All-American, Lovellette had 33 points and 17 rebounds in the Phog Allen-coached Jayhawks’ victory over St. John’s in the NCAA title game. The performance helped him earn tournament MVP honors.

The 6-foot-10 Lovellette led the nation in scoring as a senior with a 28.4 average. He’s fourth on Kansas’ career scoring list with 1,979 points and 10th in rebounding with 813.

Lovellette spent the 1952-53 season with the AAU’s Phillips 66ers and went on to play 11 seasons in the NBA, averaging 17.0 points and 9.5 rebounds in 704 regular-season games with Minneapolis, Cincinnati, St. Louis and Boston. The four-time All-Star helped Minneapolis win the NBA title as a rookie in 1954 and was on Boston’s championship teams in 1963 and 1964 in his last two seasons in the league.

“Clyde’s passing is a big loss for anyone who has ever supported Kansas Athletics,” Kansas coach Bill Self said. “He was a great player, a national champion and Olympic gold medalist. He was a beloved teammate and a great ambassador for his alma mater. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.”

From Terre Haute, Ind., Lovellette was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 1988 and the College Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.

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