Former Cal-Irvine hoops star Magee killed in auto accident

Updated: October 23, 2003, 8:17 PM ET

IRVINE, California - Kevin Magee, widely regarded as the best basketball player in Cal-Irvine's history, was killed in an auto accident early Thursday morning. He was 44.

Magee was driving home after finishing the night shift at his job when the accident occurred on interstate 55 south of Amite, Louisiana, according to a school spokesperson.

Magee averaged 26.3 points and 12.3 rebounds in the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons at Cal-Irvine. He was named the Pacific Coast Athletic Association Player of the Year for both seasons as the Anteaters compiled a 40-17 record and advanced to the second round of the National Invitation Tournament in 1982.

"Kevin was the best basketball player I ever coached," said Bill Mulligan, who coached at Cal-Irvine from 1980-91. "He is the only two-time, first-team All-American we have had and he put UCI on the map. Kevin was the primary reason that the Bren Events Center was built."

Magee holds the school single-game records for points in a game with 46 against Loyola Marymount in 1981 and for rebounds with 25 vs. Long Beach State in 1982. Despite playing just two years at Cal-Irvine, Magee ranks sixth in scoring (1,475) and fifth in rebounding (690).

Magee's No. 44 is the only number retired in school history and he was inducted unto the UCI Hall of Fame in 1997.

Drafted in the second round of the 1982 draft by the Phoenix Suns, Magee played professionally for 12 years in Italy, France, Israel and Spain.

Magee is survived by his wife, Melanie, and three children.

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