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Thursday, July 19, 2012

Gary Liberatore: UNH's scoring machine

University of New Haven athletics photo
Liberatore, at left, with coach Don Ormrod and Dick Jackson


Gary Liberatore, at left above, was already a near-flawless shooter when he arrived at New Haven College (now the University of New Haven) in 1962. Over the next four years, he developed into one of the purest scorers New England has ever seen.

It was no coincidence one of his influences at New Haven was Frank “Porky” Vieira, an assistant basketball coach to Don Ormrod at the time. Vieira, just a few years removed from his days as a scoring machine at Quinnipiac, helped harness Liberatore’s knack for scoring.

Liberatore scored 3,176 career points, a school and New England record.

Read Chip Malafronte's complete story.

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