STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Former Mississippi State basketball player and coach Joe Dan Gold has died after a lengthy illness. He was 68.
Gold, a Benton, Ky., native, averaged 12.3 points and 7.8 rebounds per game from 1961 to '63 as the Bulldogs won or shared three Southeastern Conference titles. During his career, Mississippi State had a 65-13 overall record, including 36-6 in SEC play.
The 6-foot-5 senior was a team captain as a senior, leading the Bulldogs to their first NCAA tournament appearance in 1963, where they lost to Loyola of Chicago in the first round. It was the first game Mississippi State played against black players.
Gold also coached at Mississippi State from 1965 to 1970, with a 51-74 record over five seasons.
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