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Posted: Saturday April 2, 2011 4:48PM ; Updated: Saturday April 2, 2011 4:48PM

Former Memphis coach Finch dead at 60

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- Larry Finch, who coached his alma mater Memphis for 11 seasons after a brief pro basketball career as a player, has died. He was 60.

Tigers spokesman Lamar Chance said Finch died Saturday. He didn't know the cause of death.

Finch suffered a debilitating stroke in 2002 at age 51. In October 2010, he was hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia.

As Tigers' coach from 1986 to 1997, he compiled a 220-130 record. He took the Tigers to the NCAA Tournament six times, including a run to the final eight in 1992.

Finch, a guard, played for the Tigers from 1970 to 1973, scoring 1,869 points. The 1973 team lost to Bill Walton-led UCLA in the NCAA championship game despite Finch's 29 points.

Finch's jersey, No. 21, was retired in 1974.

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