Former Indiana, UMass basketball player found dead

Updated: November 29, 2004, 10:38 PM ET
Associated Press

AMHERST, Mass. -- Mark Haymore, who played on Indiana's unbeaten 1976 NCAA championship team before transferring to Massachusetts, has died. He was 48.

Haymore, who had a history of heart problems, was found dead in his Amherst apartment on Sunday, police said. He was supposed to visit a friend out of town, and when he did not show up the friend called police, who made a well-being check, Lt. Scott Livingstone said.

The 6-foot-8 Haymore had apparently been dead a few days. The death is not considered suspicious, Livingstone said.

Haymore was part of a freshman class at Indiana that included Larry Bird. While Bird left soon after enrolling, Haymore stayed two years and played on the Indiana team that beat Michigan 86-68 in the 1976 national championship game. A reserve, he scored two points and had a rebound in the title game.

He transferred to UMass where he played for Jack Leaman and averaged 15.6 points over two seasons. He led the Minutemen with averages of 17.1 points and 10.0 rebounds in 1978-79.

He was drafted by the Philadelphia 76ers in the fifth round of the 1978 NBA draft and by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the eighth a year later. He played professionally overseas.

Haymore owned a painting company and in recent years had been an assistant coach at Amherst College and Amherst-Pelham Regional High School. He also coached girls junior high level teams at The Bement School, a private school in Deerfield.

Haymore had a daughter and a granddaughter, according to Amherst coach Dave Hixon.

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