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Rest In Peace Billiken great Justin Love.

Thank you for the great memories.

Thank you for sticking around town and being part of our community.

My condolences to the family and friends for their shocking loss.

I hope there is a moment of silence in Justin’s memory for the season opener.

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4 hours ago, dlarry said:

Horrible news. 
He sure was fun to watch.

 

As a guy in his 40s who drinks too much and doesn’t have the healthiest eating habits hearing news like this sure puts a scare into you. 

Ditto from a guy in his 50s

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I am stunned. This is so sad. What a great guy.  To be taken from his family and all of us so young.  Hard to process.  I remember his father in the stands with his hardhat. Makes me stop and reflect on how valuable each day we have is.  RIP Justin. Thanks for the memories. 

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15 minutes ago, AlumniFan said:

I am stunned. This is so sad. What a great guy.  To be taken from his family and all of us so young.  Hard to process.  I remember his father in the stands with his hardhat. Makes me stop and reflect on how valuable each day we have is.  RIP Justin. Thanks for the memories. 

Assuming fans are allowed at games, SLU should absolutely have a game honoring Justin Love.   Have Billiken hardhats be the giveaway with Justin’s number on them and raise money for a heart disease charity throughout the game.  Video montage of his career highlights  and teammates talking about him at halftime.  Etc. Let’s do it @Brian Kunderman

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Wow, this is really sad, my condolences to the family and friends, and his players and colleagues out at the school in IL.  Much too early, this is really sad to hear about...

  He was terrific that one year especially, 1999-2000, which was one of my first years at SLU, and a great run;  Justin brought a lot of energy onto the floor.  Over the years he's still one of the best scorers we've had in my time at SLU, a great shooter! More importantly: Justin was a good guy, happy and generous in spirit.

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9 hours ago, DeSmetBilliken said:

I’m watching the 1998 game against Kansas. One of Justin Love’s first games for SLU. Man, he was so good.

Had he not missed a few games in his junior season, he would've had 1,000 points...in two years.

He was such a great representative of the program, on and off the court.

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there is a good stu durando story today at stltoday.   i especially liked the story Coach Romar told about Justin guaranteeing his Dad they would win to get to the championship and then he having maybe the greatest game of his career to insure the billikens would win so Charles Love wouldnt make the trip in vain. 

Romar also has some nice tweets on twitter about Justin.   

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So Sad. Condolences to the Love family. 

in the 98-99 season The Billiken Club sponsored a trip to the Memphis game. We flew down the night before and stayed at the Peabody, My main memory of the game was Justin just going crazy. We lost the game but he scored 30+ points. If I remember correctly we scored 89 points that game with a great second half comeback that fell just short. That was in a season where we probably averaged just over 60. 

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1 hour ago, slufanskip said:

So Sad. Condolences to the Love family. 

in the 98-99 season The Billiken Club sponsored a trip to the Memphis game. We flew down the night before and stayed at the Peabody, My main memory of the game was Justin just going crazy. We lost the game but he scored 30+ points. If I remember correctly we scored 89 points that game with a great second half comeback that fell just short. That was in a season where we probably averaged just over 60. 

A buddy and I drove down for that game and the drove back to St. Louis that night after spending some time on Beale Street (we had a different mentality back in college). I have the same recollection that he was just awesome and almost single handedly won that game for us. 

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2 hours ago, slufanskip said:

So Sad. Condolences to the Love family. 

in the 98-99 season The Billiken Club sponsored a trip to the Memphis game. We flew down the night before and stayed at the Peabody, My main memory of the game was Justin just going crazy. We lost the game but he scored 30+ points. If I remember correctly we scored 89 points that game with a great second half comeback that fell just short. That was in a season where we probably averaged just over 60. 

 

57 minutes ago, kshoe said:

A buddy and I drove down for that game and the drove back to St. Louis that night after spending some time on Beale Street (we had a different mentality back in college). I have the same recollection that he was just awesome and almost single handedly won that game for us. 

Love had 33 that night, a career high. SLU lost 92-89. Skip, you're correct - that was not a typical game for us that season. We scored 85 against Evansville and 80 against Cal State-Fullerton but otherwise never topped 80 and only scored 70+ in four other games. That was Spoon's last season and we went 15-16.

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Correct me if I’m wrong, but Justin chose SLU because he wanted to play a season with the Legend. Then Larry decided to declare, but Justin kept his commitment to SLU when he could have begged off. I can’t recall where I heard or read this, but I think it says a lot about Justin’s character. He kept his word when he could have taken the easy way out to stay and play on the WC. 

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So sad.  Justin is a guy I wanted to see walk out on the floor every time we have a game where we honor all the basketball alumni.  I wanted to see him as a old man, if I was still around, and tell my grandkids what a great player he was.  You'll be sorely missed in the Billiken community.

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1 hour ago, slu72 said:

Correct me if I’m wrong, but Justin chose SLU because he wanted to play a season with the Legend. Then Larry decided to declare, but Justin kept his commitment to SLU when he could have begged off. I can’t recall where I heard or read this, but I think it says a lot about Justin’s character. He kept his word when he could have taken the easy way out to stay and play on the WC. 

That's how I remember it as well.

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it also was huge that Romar was coming.    when he was making his choice it came down to the Billikens and Pepperdine and at the time Romar was the head coach at Pepperdine but had just announced he was taking the SLU job and then brought Justin Love with him.   the Love family liked Romar a lot.  

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1 hour ago, billiken_roy said:

it also was huge that Romar was coming.    when he was making his choice it came down to the Billikens and Pepperdine and at the time Romar was the head coach at Pepperdine but had just announced he was taking the SLU job and then brought Justin Love with him.   the Love family liked Romar a lot.  

Thought that was just Fisher.  I had no idea Love was a Pepperine recruit........

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24 minutes ago, Billiken Rich said:

Thought that was just Fisher.  I had no idea Love was a Pepperine recruit........

Love had yet to choose between the two.   Fischer had.  Thus the difference.   

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Just so sad and really makes me think about my own mortality.

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28 minutes ago, brianstl said:

Just so sad and really makes me think about my own mortality.

You get to my age u think about it more than one should. 

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4 hours ago, billiken_roy said:

it also was huge that Romar was coming.    when he was making his choice it came down to the Billikens and Pepperdine and at the time Romar was the head coach at Pepperdine but had just announced he was taking the SLU job and then brought Justin Love with him.   the Love family liked Romar a lot.  

This doesn't ring entirely true, Roy.

Justin Love committed to SLU and played his first season under Spoon: 1998-99, the year after Hughes.  Maybe Romar had tried recruiting Love to Pepperdine, but when Love chose SLU, there was no way of knowing that another year later Romar would become SLU's coach.

It was definitely Josh Fisher who had signed with Romar at Pepperdine and followed Romar to SLU (and had to sit out a year, which he nearly lost in eligibility, until Pepperdine finally agreed to grant him a waiver).

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50 minutes ago, Quality Is Job 1 said:

This doesn't ring entirely true, Roy.

Justin Love committed to SLU and played his first season under Spoon: 1998-99, the year after Hughes.  Maybe Romar had tried recruiting Love to Pepperdine, but when Love chose SLU, there was no way of knowing that another year later Romar would become SLU's coach.

It was definitely Josh Fisher who had signed with Romar at Pepperdine and followed Romar to SLU (and had to sit out a year, which he nearly lost in eligibility, until Pepperdine finally agreed to grant him a waiver).

I agree. I did the years and it didn’t jive w/ Romar’s arrival at SLU. 

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J. Love was one of my favorites.  Dude had an electric smile and could score.  His dad was awesome that season wearing the Kevlar helmet with "hard work" (I think) written on it and just going wild at the games.  I think J. Love married a Baby Blue as well.

I went to see him in some semi-pro league in Oklahoma City (2001, 02, 03. or 04 I forget) once when I lived at Ft. Sill, OK.  I had about 4 people there in SLU shirts we cheered for him and I'm pretty sure he saw us in the crowd of about 200+.  Kareem Abdul Jabbar was the opposing coach that night.

That 2000 Conference USA Tournament was great and in my senior year.

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