Former Stanford hooper Sauer dies tragically in New York

July 9, 2012, 8:18 pm
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STANFORD Peter Sauer, who served as a team captain on Stanfords 1998 Final Four mens basketball team, passed away Sunday night in White Plains, New York while playing in a recreational basketball game. He was 35 years old.

Sauer starred at Stanford from 1995-1999, where he was an integral part of four NCAA Tournament teams.

The 6'7" small forward started all 35 games for Stanford's 1998 Final Four squad, where he averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds per game, while shooting 41.6 from the 3-point line.

Everyone in the Stanford community is deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Sauer, said men's basketball coach Johnny Dawkins. He was a tremendous individual and a devoted husband and father. He was very passionate about Stanford and our basketball program. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife Amanda and their three children.

Sauer, who lived in New York, was in attendance at Madison Square Garden when Stanford defeated Minnesota to win the NIT on March 29.

During one of the team's off days, Sauer gave coaches and players a private tour of the Bank of America building, where he worked since 2007.

John Platz, who played at Stanford from 1982-1984 and has served as the team's radio broadcaster for the last 23 years, called Sauer, "One of the most outgoing, inclusive-spirited, funny, competitive, get-it-done, on-court-smarts-oozing, team-first athletes in the program's history."

He is survived by his wife Amanda and three children.

Stanford media services contributed to this story.

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