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Ben Coleman, a key to Maryland's 1984 ACC basketball championship, dies at age 57

Ben Coleman, a key to Maryland's 1984 ACC basketball championship, dies at age 57

Had he spent four years at Maryland rather than just two, Ben Coleman’s name might appear on the school’s list of all-time scorers and rebounders; instead he is in the record books as the player with the second-highest shooting percentage behind Buck Williams.

Had Coleman spent his entire college career as a Terp rather than transferring in as a junior following two seasons with his hometown Minnesota Gophers, Lefty Driesell might have won another ACC tournament title — maybe an NCAA title — with the 6-9 forward’s help.

As it was, Driesell’s only ACC tournament championship in his 17 seasons came during Coleman’s senior year in 1983-84 when he and rising sophomore star Len...

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