STANFORD, California — 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 an adult league recreational basketball game. The 201-cm, 103-kg forward from Pittsburgh was part of a Stanford team that reached four straight NCAA tournaments under former coach Mike Montgomery.
"Peter was a guy who when he stepped on the court, he always played with a huge heart," former teammate and current Stanford assistant coach Mark Madsen said. "He was a great shooter and a tough guy, but when he went off the court, his heart and the amount he cared about people was even bigger."
Stanford's coaching staff received details that Sauer was shooting free throws after a game, collapsed and hit his head. He couldn't be revived after 20 minutes by EMTs. He was later pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.