Antoine Davis may just break Pete Maravich’s NCAA all-time scoring record


Antoine Davis has what might be his last chance to break a college basketball record Thursday night — by throwing some asterisks.

Davis, who plays for the Detroit Mercy, is 25 points short of tying Pete Maravich’s career-high 3,667 points, which was set in 1970. A second-round game against Youngstown State in the Horizon League will present Davis with what could be his last for him. An opportunity to associate with or eclipse the Maravich sign.

It’s a tough job for Davis, who had asterisk-worthy advantages that weren’t available to Maravich, who hit the record 83 games at LSU. Davis will play in his 143rd game Thursday night, aided by an NCAA waiver that gave an extra year of eligibility to athletes due to schedules upended by the coronavirus. Maravich played before the three-point shot came to the college game in 1986 and two years before NCAA freshman eligibility. Nor was there a shot clock when Maravich played.

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A 24-year-old fifth year averager leading the nation with 28.1 points per game, Davis plays on a Titans team that has a 14-18 overall record, 9-11 at Horizon. Scored 38 points Tuesday night against Purdue Fort Wayne, but Youngstown State, the top seed in the tournament at 23-8 and 15-5 in conference, is a formidable challenge. Davies scored 32 points against Youngstown on January 12 and 15 on January 29, both losses for the Titans, and has averaged 34.4 points over his past nine games.

But Thursday’s loss will end the Titans’ season and Davis’ college career.

Coach Davis, who was his father, would be fine if his son and Maravich ended up sharing the record.

“I feel Antoine is the best scorer of this generation and Pistol Pete is the best scorer of his generation,” Mike Davis, known for his tenure at Indiana, said. Yahoo said newly. Maravich’s son Jason agreed, although he noted that Davis’ record of five years and his father’s record of over three years is “really an apples-and-oranges comparison”.

Maravich said of his father, a Hall of Famer who died in 1988 at the age of 40: “I’m proud of all of my dad’s records. I’d like them to stand as long as possible. But if he breaks it, I certainly won’t hate that guy. I’ll be happy for him.”

Davis, the all-time NCAA leader in three-point baskets with 584, has quickly climbed the all-time scoring list this season, passing players like JJ Redick, Larry Bird, Tyler Hansbrough, and Oscar Robertson. On Tuesday night, he was aware of how his pursuit of the scoring mark and winning overlapped.

“Yeah, I mean I’m close now, really close,” Davis told the Detroit News With his dog Milo sitting at his feet. “It would be nice to get her in the next game, but, you know, we have to win these games.”

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