Moss was a '81 second-round NBA pick

Updated: April 5, 2005, 1:14 PM ET
Associated Press

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Edwin "Eddie" Moss, who played point guard for Syracuse from 1977 to 1981, has died after a long battle with cancer. He was 45.

Moss died Saturday in Durham, N.C., school officials said Tuesday.

Known for his defensive prowess and ball-handling skills, Moss averaged 6.4 points, 5.4 assists and 2.5 steals as a senior. His 539 career assists rank fifth in Syracuse history, and he ranks third in steals with 230.

Moss was a second-round pick in the 1981 NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks and played for two teams in the Continental Basketball Association. He received a law degree from Syracuse in 1986 and was publisher and editor of The Pride of Durham Newspaper, one of four newspapers he published.

Moss is survived by his wife, Kelly, and two sons, Edwin II and Everett.

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