Harry Flournoy Jr., Part of First All-Black Starting Five to Win N.C.A.A. Title, Dies at 72


Harry Flournoy Jr. at Texas Western College, which he helped lead to a national championship with five black starting players in 1966.

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Harry Flournoy Jr., a captain of the first college basketball team to win the national championship with five black starting players, in 1966, died on Saturday in Atlanta. He was 72.

The cause was complications of kidney failure, said Steven B. Tredennick, a former member of that storied team, from Texas Western College.

Flournoy and Orsten Artis were co-captains of the Texas Western Miners under Coach Don Haskins. Their championship run, capped by a victory over the all-white University of Kentucky team in the title game, was the basis of the book “Glory Road” (2005) and the film of the same name (2006), in which Mehcad Brooks played Flournoy and Josh Lucas played Haskins.

Flournoy helped guide the team to a 28-1 record in the 1965-66 season, averaging 8.3 points and 10.7 rebounds a game.

But he played only six minutes of the championship game. He was forced to the bench when he injured a knee.

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