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Magee becomes eighth coach to reach 800 wins

PHILADELPHIA -- Philadelphia University's Herb Magee got his
800th victory Thursday night when his Rams topped Wilmington
College 95-68, making him the eighth coach in NCAA history to reach
the milestone.
Magee, in his 39th year -- all at Philadelphia -- joined former
North Carolina coach Dean Smith (879), former Kentucky coach Adolph
Rupp (876), Texas Tech's Bobby Knight (859) and four others on the
list. Knight and Northern State's Don Meyer are the only active
coaches ahead of Magee.
Magee, 64, has an 800-310 career record.
The Rams built a 49-25 halftime lead and coasted the rest of the
way. Tayron Thomas led the Rams (7-3) with 30 points and Levi
Winters added 24. Winters was 8-for-9 from beyond the 3-point line
and hit six 3s in the first half.
The Wildcats (0-7) were led by Leo Jackson's 16 points.
Magee played four years at Philadelphia, then the Philadelphia
College of Textiles & Science, and spent four seasons as an
assistant before taking over the head job in 1967. He led the Rams
to the Division II national championship in 1970 among 21 NCAA
tournament appearances.
As a player, Magee averaged 24.3 points per game in four seasons
at Philadelphia Textile and won All-America honors twice. He ended
his career in 1963 as the school's all-time leading scoring with
2,235 points.
Magee was drafted by the Boston Celtics with the 62nd pick in
the 1963 draft, but instead opted for a career in coaching. He
started as an assistant to Bucky Harris and four years later took
over as head coach. In his first season, the Rams went 21-6 and
made the NCAA tournament.
He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in
1979.