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Former Stanford Basketball Player, Peter Sauer, Dead At Age 35

The Stanford Cardinal basketball family is in mourning as news spread that Peter Sauer, a former basketball player and a captain on Stanford's 1998 Final Four team, died Monday while playing pickup basketball in New York City.

According to former Cardinal coach Mike Montgomery, Sauer collapsed during a game, hit his head and never was revived.

"He was a terrific kid, an unbelievable student-athlete," said Montgomery to the San Jose Mercury News. "Smart, tough, great team member.

"It's awful (news). It's hard to figure. He had a great life, was in great shape... you just don't know."

Sauer, 35, is survived by his wife, Amanda, and three daughters.

"Pete had a way about him where he could be a leader and still be one of the guys, too," said Kris Weems, who played four seasons with Sauer at Stanford and is now an assistant coach for player development with the Golden State Warriors. "He was one of the guys who made the engine go."

Sauer averaged 7.9 points and 4.2 rebounds during his Stanford career.