Death: Saint Peter’s legend Elnardo Webster died at the age of 74 – Saint Peter’s was mourning one of its greatest players as it prepared for its most important game in decades. Elnardo Webster died at the age of 74 three days before the Peacocks were set to become the first 15th seed to reach the Elite Eight in NCAA Tournament history, according to friend and former player Gene O’Connell.
According to nypost.com, “He was involved all the way through,” O’Connell stated. “We were all quite proud of this team.” Without a doubt, a fantastic basketball player and a fantastic human being.”
“It’s terrible,” Saint Peter’s coach Shaheen Holloway told The Post. “His passing hit home because he’s been unbelievable to me since I’ve been here. He paved the way for a lot of African Americans here at Saint Peter’s. This is a tremendous loss to the Saint Peter’s family and community.”
Webster was a key member of the last great Saint Peter’s squad, which was dubbed “Run Baby Run” for its fast-paced style and 94-point-per-game average. That team, led by Webster, upset Duke in the NIT playoffs and went on to win 24 games, tying a program record. After starting his scholastic career in junior college, Webster averaged 24.8 points and 14.1 rebounds over two seasons with the Peacocks. Obituary unavailable is at the moment.