Former Friar Ernie "Pop" Lewis Passes On

Jan. 11, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - Former Friar men’s basketball player Ernie “Pop” Lewis ‘87 passed away yesterday (Jan. 10). Lewis, a native of Germantown, Pa., helped pace the Friars to their remarkable run to the 1987 NCAA Final Four his senior season. Lewis, along with Head Coach Rick Pitino, and teammates Billy Donovan, Delray Brooks and others helped the Friars make a magical run to the 1987 Final Four where they eventually were defeated by Syracuse (77-63). The team finished with a 25-9 mark.

In the first year of the three-point arc in college basketball, Lewis and the Friars used the new rule to their advantage. The 6-4 guard was 95-220 (43.2 percent) from behind the arc his senior season. He will always be remembered for hitting a corner three with under three seconds left in the game to give the Friars the win over nationally ranked Georgetown (82-79) on January 28, 1987. It remains as one of the most memorable shots in Friar history.

Lewis played in 102 games as a Friar and averaged 7.5 points and 2.9 rebounds. His senior season was his best with the Friars when he averaged 11.8 points per game and 4.2 rebounds.

 

 

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