The Ohio State Department of Athletics and its men’s basketball program mourn the loss of Jody Finney, a member of the 1968 Final Four team and Howard Nourse, a member of the 1960 NCAA Champion Buckeyes.

Finney, a native of Springfield, Ohio, died May 2. Nourse, also from Springfield, passed away April 18.

Nourse averaged 3.1 points a game in a reserve role as a senior backing up Jerry Lucas. Nourse played in 37 career games for the Buckeyes from 1958-60.

Nourse held a PhD in Education Administration from Ohio State. He was involved in Christian higher education as an athletics director, coach and administrator for over 16 years, including Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Milligan College. He retired in 2009.

Finney was a three-year starter for the Buckeyes (1968-70). He averaged 13.3 points per game in the 1968-69 season and then a career-best 20.7 points per game as a senior in the 1969-70 season.

Finney scored 948 points in three seasons with the Buckeyes, averaging 6.7 points as a sophomore in the 1967-68 season. The Buckeyes finished 21-8 that season and lost to North Carolina in the Final Four before beating Houston in the third-place game.

Finney still holds the Ohio State record for single-season free throw percentage (.900, 99-110 in 1968-69). He also owns the second-best mark (119-134, .888 in 1969-70). He ranks third in school history in career free-throw percentage (.862/250-290).