Team to come home for funeral

Updated: November 26, 2003, 9:19 PM ET
Associated Press

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. -- Central Michigan basketball player Brent Edwards died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident, the university said Wednesday.

Edwards died Tuesday, a day after the crash about 30 miles west of Saginaw. The team was informed of Edwards' death while participating in the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii. It began Monday.

The 21-year-old junior guard from Flushing was a walk-on to the team and one of a few players who did not travel to the tournament.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with Brent's family," head coach Jay Smith said in a statement. "We wish we could be there with them right now."

The team planned to leave Hawaii on Thursday, returning to Michigan on Friday so members could attend Edwards' funeral Saturday in Flushing.

"Buddha," as Edwards' teammates and friends knew him, played in three games last season. He had two points, two rebounds and a steal in those appearances.

Edwards' survivors include his parents, Greg and Kathy.

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