STANFORD, Calif. – Peter Sauer, a former captain at Stanford who helped lead the Cardinal to the 1998 Final Four, has died. He was 35.
The school said Monday that Sauer died Sunday night in White Plains, N.Y., while playing in a recreational basketball game. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound forward from Pittsburgh was part of a Stanford team that reached four straight NCAA tournaments under former coach Mike Montgomery.
He averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds for his career, including 9.2 points during his junior season.
Montgomery, now coaching at California, called Sauer "the epitome of the definition of a student-athlete. He was smart; he was tough; he was a winner."
Sauer, who was born in St. Louis on Nov. 9, 1976, earned a degree in economics from Stanford.
He is survived by his wife, Amanda, and three children.