Former Gator basketball standout dies from leukemia
Standing at seven-feet-two, former Florida Gator Basketball star Dwayne Schintzius was a standout on and off the court. Through the high and lows of his career at Florida, Schintzius helped lead the Gators to their first three appearances in the NCAA tournament. Schintzius passed away from complications of leukemia Sunday afternoon at the Moffit Cancer Center in Tampa. He was 43. Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Jordan Matich spoke with Former Gator Basketball Player and current Sun Sports and FOX Sports Florida’s Gator basketball analyst and a partner in the firm of Koss-Olinger Financial Group, Bill Koss, who says he was a player who many misunderstood.
Schintzius went on to have a 9-year career in the NBA, playing for teams like the San Antonio Spurs, New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics.
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It was another close game at home for the Gators, who managed to squeeze past Vanderbilt 50-47 on Wednesday night. This win stops the team’s four game losing streak.
The Florida Gators lost to the top-ranked Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday, 68-61.The Gators led by two points going into halftime, but Kentucky answered back with a strong second half, outscoring the Gators 40-31.
Saturday’s matchup between the Florida Gators and Arkansas Razorbacks came down to the wire. The Gators were able to secure the 56-55 victory with the help of Michael Frazier II’s clutch performance at the free throw line.
The LSU Tigers defeated the Gators 79-61, making this the team’s second straight loss. The Tigers had three players who scored in double-digits. Florida is now 3-2 in SEC play, and 10-8 overall.