MADISONVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Mike Phillips, who formed the “Twin Towers” with Rick Robey on the Kentucky team that won the 1978 NCAA title, has died in western Kentucky. He was 59.
Barnett-Strother Funeral Home on Monday confirmed Philips’ death. The Hopkins County coroner’s office is investigating the cause of death but told WFIE-TV that Phillips died after a fall Saturday at his home in Madisonville. The funeral home lists the date of death as Saturday.
In 1978, the team went 30-2 and beat Duke in the NCAA final. The Courier-Journal reported Phillips was an Ohio native who averaged more than 10 points a game during the season and finished 25th on UK’s all-time scoring list.
Former coach Joe B. Hall told the Lexington Herald-Leader that Phillips was courageous and a “gentle giant.”
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