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Fred Slaughter, who helped lead UCLA to its first NCAA basketball title, dies

Fred Slaughter, who helped lead UCLA to its first NCAA basketball title, dies

Fred Slaughter, who helped UCLA win its first NCAA basketball championship as a senior under coach John Wooden in 1964, has died. He was 74.

The school announced Saturday that Slaughter died Oct. 6 at his home in Santa Monica. No cause of death was given.

He was the Bruins' starting center from 1962 to ’64. They were 30-0 in 1963-64, the school's first undefeated season, which culminated in the first of Wooden's record 10 NCAA titles. Slaughter averaged 7.9 points and 8.1 rebounds that season.

Joining Slaughter in the starting five were guards Walt Hazzard and Gail Goodrich and forwards Keith Erickson and Jack Hirsch. The lineup ranged from...

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