Monday, January 21, 2013

They Could Really Play The Game - Bevo Francis scores 116 points

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Bevo Francis (32) during a 1954 game. His N.C.A.A. single-game scoring record of 113 points stood until Tuesday night.

For 58 years, Clarence Francis, better known as Bevo, had been awaiting the phone call he received late Tuesday night, the one that told him his collegiate record of 113 points scored in a game was finally broken.

Bevo Francis (32) during a 1954 game. His N.C.A.A. single-game scoring record of 113 points stood until Tuesday night.
He was amazed the mark had stood for so long. 

“I knew in time somebody was going to break it,” Francis, 80, said Wednesday from his home in Washington Township, Ohio. 

On Tuesday night, Jack Taylor of Division III Grinnell College scored 138 points, smashing the record set by Francis, who was a 6-foot-9 center for Rio Grande College in Ohio. 

On Feb. 2, 1954, inside the Jackson High School gymnasium in Ohio, Francis made 38 of 70 shots and added 37 free throws against Hillsdale College of Michigan to set an N.C.A.A. mark that stood for nearly six decades. 

Francis said he and his wife, Jean, got a telephone call from a friend Tuesday night informing them of Taylor’s performance. Considering how much the game has changed since he played, Francis was surprised his mark stood for so many decades. 

“When I played we didn’t have the 1-and-1, we didn’t have the 3-point, nothing,” Francis said. 

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