Luckenbill, part of Wilts 100-point game, dies in Texas
Posted: 06/25/2012 at 7:00 pm
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Ted Luckenbill, a former Elkhart High Blue Blazer and three-year starter at the University of Houston, died of cancer at the age of 72.
The Callaway-Allee funeral home in Crockett, Texas, where Luckenbill lived for 20 years, said he died Sunday in Dallas, according to Associated Press.
Luckenbill helped the 1956 Blazers to the IHSAA Final Four and he was an Indiana All-Star in 1957.
Collegiately, Luckenbill played for the Cougars from 1958-61. He averaged 16.6 points and 9.7 rebounds while helping Houston to its first two winning seasons under Guy Lewis. He ranks 26th on the school’s career scoring list with 1,195 points.
Drafted 15th overall by the Philadelphia Warriors in 1961, he played in only 87 NBA games before he was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the age of 23.
But his professional claim to fame came on March 2, 1962, when he grabbed two offensive rebounds in the final two minutes to help his teammate Chamberlain hit 100 points in the Warriors’ 169-147 victory over New York.