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Lonnie Shelton

Former Oregon State start Lonnie Shelton (8), here with the Seattle SuperSonics, passed away on Sunday at 62.

Former Oregon State standout men’s basketball player Lonnie Shelton died Sunday night. He was 62.

Shelton passed away in Westminster, California, after dealing with health issues from a heart attack he suffered on May 5, according to a report from the Seattle Times.

Marlon Shelton told the Seattle Times his father had been in a coma for the past month.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Shelton led the Beavers in scoring and rebounding in each of his two seasons. He averaged 12.2 points and 7.8 rebounds in the 1973-74 campaign and 18.3 points and 9.4 assists in 1974-75, when he earned an all-Pac-8 selection.

He was taken in the second round of the 1976 NBA draft by the New York Knicks (25th overall).

Shelton spent 10 seasons with the Knicks (two years), Seattle SuperSonics (five years) and the Cleveland Cavaliers (three years).

Shelton was a member of the Sonics’ 1979 NBA title team.

In 1982, Shelton averaged a career-high 14.9 points per game and was named to the NBA All-Star Game. He was also on the all-NBA defensive second team that season.

He averaged 12.0 points per game in 673 regular season and another 12.0 in 52 career playoff games. He averaged a career-best 12.9 in helping the Sonics win the 1979 NBA title.

The OSU men’s basketball program took to Twitter on Monday with the following tweet: “We are saddened to hear of the passing of former Beaver great Lonnie Shelton. Our thoughts are with his family and friends during this difficult time.”

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