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Former Holy Cross Basketball Star and Game of Thrones Actor Fingleton Dead at 36

Monday, February 27, 2017

 

Neil Fingleton

Former Holy Cross basketball star Neil Fingleton passed away on Saturday due to heart failure. 

He was 36-years-old. 

Neil Fingleton 

Fingleton, the tallest British-born man and tallest man in the European Union at 7 ft. 6 inches, arrived in Worcester at the age of 16 and played basketball at Holy Name High school for coach J.P. Ricciardi. As a junior, he lead Holy Name to the 1999 Central MA Division I championship. 

As a senior, Fingleton earned McDonald’s All-American status attended the University of North Carolina for two seasons before transferring to Holy Cross. 

At Holy Cross, Fingleton appeared in 33 games over two seasons, but was bothered by various injuries. 

Following his College Career, Fingleton played professionally in Spain, China, Italy, Greece and England before becoming an actor. 

Fingleton in Acting 

Singleton’s most notable acting role came in 2014 when he played the giant Mag the Mighty in HBO’s "Game of Thrones." 

He also played the villain The Fisher King in “Doctor Who,” and appeared in several other movies. 

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Biggest Games in Holy Cross Basketball History

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March 1, 1975

Holy Cross vs Army - The final game at the Worcester Auditorium

Holy Cross beat Army 89-73 in the final game at the Worcester Auditorium. 

The Crusaders were coached by George Blaney and went 229-64 in the building all-time. 

PHOTO: Tunnelbug/flickr

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9.

Feb, 14, 2001 

Holy Cross vs Navy 

Holy Cross clinches the programs first ever Patriot League Regular season title beating Navy 77-67 on the road. 

Josh Sankes led Holy Cross that season. 

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8.

March 9, 2001

Holy Cross vs. Navy - Patriot League Championship

Holy Cross beats Navy 68-64 in overtime to win the Patriot League Championship. 

Ralph Willard was the head coach.

PHOTO: College Hoop Hits

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7.

March 9, 2007

Bucknell vs Holy Cross - Patriot League Championship 

The Crusaders hosted the Patriot League Championship game at the Hart Center and defeated Bucknell 74-66.

Keith Simmons led Holy Cross in the game.

PHOTO: Wikipedia 

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6.

March 10, 1993 

Holy Cross vs Bucknell - Patriot League Championship 

The Crusaders won their first Patriot league title beating Bucknell 98-73.

Rob Feaster was named tournament MVP after pouring in 66 points and recording 9 steals in three games. 

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5.

March 5, 1977 

Holy Cross vs. #8 Providence in ECAC Championship 

Holy Cross defeated Providence 68-67 on a buzzer beater by Chris Potter to win ECAC Championship and advance to NCAA Tournament for first time in 21 years. 

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4.

Feb 17, 1990

Holy Cross vs. Army MAAC North Championship game

Holy Cross rolled Army 86-68 and clinched the MAAC North title.

The title was the program's first conference championship. 

Dwight Pernell led Holy Cross with 22 points in the game. 

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3.

March 13,1977

 Holy Cross vs Michigan in NCAA Tournament

The game marked Holy Cross' first NCAA Tournament appearance in 21 seasons. 

After leading 72-70 with less than 5 minutes to play, the Crusaders fell 92-81. 

Holy Cross was led that season by Ronnie Perry, however, he was injured for this game. 

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March 13,1954  

Holy Cross vs Duquesne - NIT Championship game

Holy Cross won the NIT Championship game 71-62 over Duquesne. 

The Crusaders were led by Togo Palazzi who was named MVP of the tournament.

Palazzi went as the number one pick in the NBA Draft to the Boston Celtics a couple of months later.

PHOTO: Goholycross.com

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March 20, 1948

Holy Cross vs Kentucky in National Semifinal 

Led by Bob Cousy, the Crusaders had won 20 straight games coming into the national semifinal against Kentucky. 

Holy Cross lost to kentucky 60-52 

 
 

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