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Howard Komives; led NCAA in scoring in 1964; at 67

Howard Komives drove past Billy Cunningham of the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 10 seasons in the NBA. Howard Komives drove past Billy Cunningham of the Philadelphia 76ers. He played 10 seasons in the NBA. (Associated Press/File 1970)
Associated Press / March 24, 2009
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TOLEDO, Ohio - Howard "Butch" Komives, who led the nation in scoring at Bowling Green in 1964 and played 10 seasons in the National Basketball Association, died Sunday. He was 67.

Mr. Komives had been battling health problems for the last decade.

He was found unconscious Thursday at his home and never regained consciousness, said his son, Shane. A cause of death was not released.

Mr. Komives helped lead Bowling Green to two Mid-American Conference titles and NCAA tournament appearances in 1962 and 1963.

During his senior year, the left-handed shooter with a high-arcing jump shot led the nation in scoring with just under 37 points per game. He also set a national record that season by making 50 consecutive free throws.

Mr. Komives played in the NBA with the New York Knicks, Detroit Pistons, Buffalo Braves, and Kansas City-Omaha Kings.

His two best years came with the Knicks in 1966 and 1967, when he scored over 1,000 points each season. He was inducted into the Ohio Basketball Hall of Fame in 2007.

In addition to his son, Mr. Komives leaves his wife, Marcia, and stepsons Christopher and David Cook.

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