Former City College player dies at 78

By wire services
Published March 24, 2005

Norman Mager, who helped propel an unheralded City College team to the NIT and NCAA basketball championships in 1950, a feat that thrilled New York only to be tarnished by a point-shaving scandal, died last Thursday at a hospital in Boynton Beach. Mager, who lived in Boca Raton and Port Washington, N.Y., was 78.

The cause was complications of cancer, his son, Scott, said.

On March 18, 1950, City College defeated top-ranked Bradley, 69-61, at Madison Square Garden to win the NIT. City then scored a 71-68 victory over Bradley in the NCAA Tournament, becoming the only team to win both tournaments in the same year.

Mager joined the Baltimore Bullets of the NBA after graduating, but his basketball career ended in 1951 after he was arrested, along with six City College teammates, on charges of taking money from gamblers to shave points. The scandal involved more than 30 college players. .


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