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Southeastern Oklahoma player killed in traffic accident

September 19, 1997

DURANT, Okla. (AP) _ A Southeastern Oklahoma State basketball player was killed early Friday when a cow hit by a car crashed into the vehicle in which Eddie Powell was sitting.

Powell, 23, of Oakland, Calif., died about 1:10 a.m. He was sitting in the rear of the car and was wearing a seat belt. Southeastern officials said no one else was injured.

The accident occurred near Paris, Texas, as Powell and the others returned from Southeastern’s football game with Texas A&M-Commerce.

Powell, a senior point guard, averaged 13.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and had 137 assists as Southeastern went 27-4 last season.

``Eddie was a great point guard, one of the best to ever play here,″ Southeastern athletic director Don Parham said.

``The tragedy of it all is not the basketball. A young man who was a close part of our athletic family has been taken suddenly and we’re all devastate.″

A memorial service is planned Monday at the school.

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