Lynn Howden, a center on the Texas basketball team in the early 1970s, suffered a massive heart attack during an extended stay in an Austin hospital for a broken hip and died Tuesday night, the school announced.
Howden was a three-year letterman for the Longhorns from 1969-1972 and still holds the school’s single-game record of 24 rebounds that he set as a junior against Florida State on Dec. 1, 1970. Texas greats Larry Robinson and Kevin Durant each had a game with 23 rebounds to rank second behind him.
Howden is survived by his wife, Debi, and their children Sarah, Bethany, Abby and Sam. Bethany is a former Longhorn volleyball player.
Former point guard Jimmy Blacklock, Texas’ first Black basketball letterman and a long-time Harlem Globetrotters player and coach, told the American-Statesman recently that he and Howden were the closest of friends during their time at the school.
Blacklock was the only black player on the team in the fall of 1970-1971. He said he had few friends during his time on campus but said Howden befriended him as did head coach Leon Black, who “treated me just like he’d treat a son.” Both players were products of Houston high schools.
“Lynn was such a genuine guy. A real straight shooter,” Blacklock said of Howden. “Lynn and I worked at a grocery supply store in Houston, and he and I just bonded. We just hit it off. With him, I had someone I could talk to.”
Funeral plans are pending.