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Hall of Famer Tom Gola dies

Updated: January 27, 2014, 1:58 PM ET
Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA -- Tom Gola, the Hall of Fame basketball player who led La Salle to the 1954 NCAA title and helped the Philadelphia Warriors win the 1956 NBA championship, died Sunday. He was 81.

Gola's wife, Caroline, said he died at St. Joseph's Manor in Meadowbrook. Gola was seriously injured in 2003 and was in a coma for several days after he fell and hit his head on a curb.

Gola also led La Salle to the 1952 NIT title and a runner-up finish in the 1955 NCAA tournament. ...

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