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Mark Haymore, 48, star of UMass basketball teams

AMHERST -- Mark Haymore, who played on Indiana's 1976 NCAA championship basketball team and was a star UMass player, has died. He was 48.

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

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

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

He transferred to the University of Massachusetts, where he played for Jack Leaman and averaged 15.6 points per game in two seasons, and led the Minutemen with 17.1 points and 10 rebounds per game 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 round of the 1979 draft. He also played professionally overseas.

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

''He was of the old school," said Amherst men's basketball coach Dave Hixon. ''He was a pleasure to have as an assistant because he was always there 15 minutes early for practice, eager to get going. He was very generous. One year he took out all the classes of kids for dinner so he could get to know them better."

Mr. Haymore had recently been hired to coach the San Jose Spiders, a women's minor league professional team, Hixon said.

Mr. Haymore leaves a daughter and granddaughter, Hixon said.

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