Hundreds of people turned out at St. Louis University on Friday to honor Rick Majerus, the Billikens basketball coach who died Saturday of heart failure at age 64.
He was remembered fondly by students, faculty, and well-wishers who described him as funny but passionate, exacting but caring, and as a genius who got the best out of his players.
Majerus spent 25 years as a head coach at Marquette, Ball State, Utah, and St. Louis, where he spent the last five seasons. He compiled a 517-216 record, and had only one losing season. He had 15 20-win seasons, two 30-win seasons, and led Utah to the 1998 NCAA final.
A Funeral Mass will be said Saturday in Milwaukee, his hometown.
DeAndre Daniels scored a career-high 23 points in Connecticut's 57-49 win Friday over visiting Harvard. Ryan Boatright added 16 points for the Huskies (7-2), who were coming off a four-point loss to No. 25 North Carolina State earlier in the week.
Harvard (4-4) trailed by three at halftime and was down just 33-32 after a layup by Wesley Saunders early in the second half. But the Huskies went on a 13-2 run, and the Crimson could not recover.