McNeese hoops great David Lawrence passes away

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LAKE CHARLES – McNeese Hall of Famer and Cowboy basketball great David Lawrence passed away at his residence in Milan, Italy on Monday.

Lawrence, 58, the younger brother of another Cowboy great Edmond who passed away in 2015, played for the Cowboys from 1977-1980 and followed in his brother’s footsteps as becoming one of the greatest rebounders in school history.

He’s one of three players in school history to record 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds in a career, joining Edmond and John Rudd.

The Lake Charles native led the Cowboys in scoring and rebounding in ’78-’79 and ’79-’80 and was the scoring leader in ’77-’78.

Just like his brother, he topped the team in blocked shots all four years and earned first team all-conference honors as a junior and senior.

His 12.7 rebounds per game mark in 1978-79 led the conference and currently ranks as the third best single-season average in school history. He continues to hold the school records in single-season FG shooting (.635 in ’78-’79) and career FG shooting (.553).

He ended his McNeese career with 1,938 points scored, fourth on the school’s career scoring list, and is the third leading all-time rebounder with 1,026 and a 9.4 average. He also ranks second in blocked shots and was twice named the McNeese MVP.

He was drafted by Seattle of the NBA and played several years there before heading to Europe where he played and coached.

He was inducted into the McNeese Hall of Fame in 1999 and in 2013, was named to the Southland Conference’s 1970s All-Decade Team.

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Matthew Bonnette

Matthew Bonnette

Assistant Athletic Director for Sports Information, McNeese State

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