Ken McIntyre, St. John's '65 NIT MVP, dies

Updated: June 7, 2006, 3:38 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Ken McIntyre, the MVP of the 1965 NIT for champion St. John's, died after a long battle with cancer. He was 63.

McIntyre died May 31, said his brother, Bob, who played alongside him for the Redmen for two seasons.

Ken McIntyre scored 18 points and Bob had 16 in the 1965 NIT final against Villanova, the last game for Hall of Fame coach Joe Lapchick. Ken McIntyre had 42 points in the first-round win over Boston College and scored 101 points in the four games to close his senior season.

He scored 1,174 points in his three seasons. Bob McIntyre, who graduated in 1966, scored 1,349 points in his three seasons. Another brother, Dennis, played at St. John's from 1972-74.

"Kenny was really special, one of the most exciting players ever here at St. John's," said Hall of Fame coach Lou Carnesecca, who succeeded Lapchick as coach of the Redmen. "He was part of a special team here that won the NIT in Coach's last season and he was part of one of St. John's most important families."

McIntyre was elected to the St. John's hall of fame in 2001.

McIntyre is survived by his parents, wife, son and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held at St. John's on Oct. 14.


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