Dayton center Steve McElvene dies suddenly in Indiana hometown

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Steve McElvene (Photo courtesy of University of Dayton)

NEW HAVEN, Ind. – University of Dayton center Steve McElvene died suddenly Thursday, according to a release from the school.

McElvene, 20, was in his hometown of New Haven, Indiana when he died.

No other details regarding the college freshman’s death are available at this time.

Dayton’s men’s basketball coach Archie Miller issued the following statement:

“We are devastated at this news.  Any death is a tragedy, but for someone so young who worked so hard to have his dreams within reach, it’s hard to put into words how painful this is.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Steve’s family.  My family, our team and our staff will have to pull together, not only in support of Steve’s family, but in support of each other at this terrible time.”

McElvene averaged 6.1 points and 5.6 rebounds in 32 games in his only season for UD. The 6’11” center’s 56 blocked shots set the Dayton single-season record.

The university asks that you keep Steve’s family in your thoughts and prayers.

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