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Wednesday, November 19, 2003
Lew Alcindor era ends in style
By Larry Schwartz
Special to ESPN.com


March 22, 1969

The Lew Alcindor era ends with UCLA climbing one more Mount-ain. With Alcindor scoring 37 points and grabbing 20 rebounds, the Bruins beat Rick Mount's Purdue team, 92-72, in the NCAA final in Louisville.

It is the third consecutive championship for the Bruins, who are the first team to win five NCAA titles. Alcindor is named the Final Four Most Outstanding Player for the third straight year, the only player to ever earn that achievement.

In Alcindor's three seasons, UCLA goes 88-2 -- 30-0 in his sophomore season and 29-1 in each of his last two years. While the 7-foot-2 center is performing so adroitly in the final, his father plays the trombone in the UCLA band.





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