Former Maryland basketball star has died at 29

A former University of Maryland men’s basketball standout has passed away. He was only 29.

Maryland announced this evening that former guard Cliff Tucker has died. He played for the Terrapins from 2007-11.

Tucker was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, choosing Maryland over several major programs. He was a Texas native.

The Terps announced the tragic news on Twitter.

Here’s the release, from Maryland:

The Maryland basketball family mourns the loss of Cliff Tucker from the class of 2011, who tragically lost his life Monday morning. He was 29 years old.

Tucker was a four-year member of the Maryland basketball program, playing in 131 career games – the 12th most in program history. He was one of the program’s most prolific three-point shooters, ranking in the top-20 all-time in three-point field goal percentage (.352).

Tucker’s legacy will be forever intertwined with one of the most iconic games in XFINITY Center history, as the El Paso, Texas native hit a buzzer beating three-pointer to defeat Georgia Tech on February 20, 2010. The victory was the third in a streak of seven straight wins in the final month of the season to help propel the Terrapins to a share of the 2010 ACC Regular Season title.

Tucker led the Terps in three-pointers made (41) as a senior, and was a member of two NCAA Tournament teams in 2009 and 2010 under Hall of Fame Head Coach Gary Williams.

Tucker’s career highlight was a buzzer-beater he hit against Georgia Tech in 2010:

Our thoughts and prayers are with Tucker’s family and friends. May he rest in peace

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