List of NCAA Division I men's basketball players with 60 or more points in a game

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Lew Alcindor (dunking), who once scored 61 points, is also in the Basketball Hall of Fame.

In basketball, points are the sum of the score accumulated through free throw or field goal.[1] The National Collegiate Athletic Association's (NCAA) Division I is the highest level of amateur basketball in the United States. The NCAA did not split into its current divisions format until August 1973.[2] From 1906 to 1955, there were no classifications to the NCAA nor its predecessor, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the United States (IAAUS).[2] Then, from 1956 to 1973, colleges were classified as either "NCAA University Division (Major College)" or "NCAA College Division (Small College)".[2] This is a comprehensive list (through the 2011–12 season) of all occurrences of an NCAA Division I men's basketball player scoring 60 or more points in a single game. For legitimization purposes, the official NCAA men's basketball media guide has two lists: one containing all 60+ point games against Division I opponents, and one against non-Division I opponents.[3]

The all-time record against a Division I opponent is 72 points.[3][4] It was set by U.S. International's Kevin Bradshaw, a 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) guard, on January 5, 1991 against Loyola Marymount in the highest-scoring game in Division I history.[3] Loyola Marymount defeated U.S. International 186–140.[5] Bradshaw shot 23-for-59 in field goal attempts overall (7-of-22 from three-point range) and made 19-of-23 free throws in his record-setting performance.[5] After the game, Bradshaw reflected on the achievement, "I'm still completely stunned. I wasn't gunning for the record until the last 10 minutes. That's when the bench became aware of the mark and the coaches allowed me to go for it. I won't be celebrating because we lost the game."[5] He also remarked on how he was even able to put himself in the position to break Pete Maravich's record of 69 points: "Our style of play allows for the freelancing that we do. I have to put up the ball a lot because we don't have a lot of shooters on the team."[5]

Among the players who have scored 60+ points against Division I opponents, only LSU's Maravich, Oral Roberts' Anthony Roberts and Ole Miss' Johnny Neumann appear on the list more than once. Maravich's four career 60+ point games is the most in NCAA Division I history.[3] Five players who achieved the feat against a Division I opponent—Maravich, Calvin Murphy, Oscar Robertson, Lew Alcindor (later Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and Elgin Baylor—are all inductees in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.[6][7][8][9][10] Meanwhile, three players who achieved the feat against non-Division I opponents are also Hall of Fame inductees: Paul Arizin,[11] Elvin Hayes,[12] and Bob Pettit.[13]

The highest scoring performance in NCAA Division I basketball history, regardless of the opponent's classification, is 100 points, scored by Frank Selvy of Furman against Newberry College on February 13, 1954.[14] He made a still-standing NCAA record 41 field goals on 66 attempts.[14] He made his final shot of the game—scoring his 99th and 100th points—with only two seconds remaining on a 40-foot attempt.[14] Selvy later said, "I'll say that I made at least eight or nine baskets that would have been three-pointers today. Plus they didn't have the one-and-one in those days."[14] The performance occurred during Selvy's senior season in which he led the nation in scoring at 41.7 points per game.[15][16] He also led the nation in scoring the previous year at 29.5 points per game.[15][16] Coincidentally, a teammate of Selvy's for one season, Darrell Floyd, is the only player who has scored 60 or more points against both a Division I and a non-Division I opponent.[17] Floyd scored 62 points against The Citadel (Division I) and 67 against (then) non-Division I Morehead State.[17]

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Against Division I opponents[edit]

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Point guard Calvin Murphy is responsible for the third-highest output against a Division I opponent (68 points).
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Eddie House once scored 61 points while playing for Arizona State.
Points Player Pos. Cl. Team Opponent Date Ref.
72 Bradshaw, KevinKevin Bradshaw G Sr U.S. International Loyola Marymount January 5, 1991 [4]
69 Maravich, PetePete Maravich* G Sr LSU Alabama February 7, 1970 [18]
68 Murphy, CalvinCalvin Murphy* G Jr Niagara Syracuse December 7, 1968 [19]
66 Handlan, JayJay Handlan F Jr Washington and Lee Furman February 17, 1951 [20]
66 Maravich, PetePete Maravich* (2) G Jr LSU Tulane February 10, 1969 [18]
66 Roberts, AnthonyAnthony Roberts F/G Sr Oral Roberts North Carolina A&T February 19, 1977 [21]
65 Haffner, ScottScott Haffner G Sr Evansville Dayton February 18, 1989 [22]
65 Roberts, AnthonyAnthony Roberts (2) F/G Sr Oral Roberts Oregon March 9, 1977 [21]
64 Maravich, PetePete Maravich* (3) G Sr LSU Kentucky February 21, 1970 [18]
63 Hawkins, HerseyHersey Hawkins G Sr Bradley Detroit February 22, 1988 [23]
63 Neumann, JohnnyJohnny Neumann F/G So Ole Miss LSU January 30, 1971 [24]
62 Floyd, DarrellDarrell Floyd G Sr Furman The Citadel January 14, 1956 [17]
62 Jones, AskiaAskia Jones G Sr Kansas State Fresno State March 24, 1994 [25]
62 Robertson, OscarOscar Robertson* G/F Sr Cincinnati North Texas February 6, 1960 [26]
61 Alcindor, LewLew Alcindor* C So UCLA Washington State February 25, 1967 [27]
61 Carr, AustinAustin Carr G Jr Notre Dame Ohio March 7, 1970 [28]
61 (2OT) House, EddieEddie House G Sr Arizona State California January 8, 2000 [29]
61 Maravich, PetePete Maravich* (4) G Sr LSU Vanderbilt December 11, 1969 [18]
61 Mount, RickRick Mount G Sr Purdue Iowa February 28, 1970 [30]
61 Tisdale, WaymanWayman Tisdale F/C So Oklahoma UTSA December 28, 1983 [31]
60 Baylor, ElginElgin Baylor* F Jr Seattle Portland January 30, 1958 [32]
60 McGill, BillyBilly McGill C/F Sr Utah BYU February 24, 1962 [33]
60 Mengelt, JohnJohn Mengelt G Jr Auburn Alabama February 14, 1970 [34]
60 Neumann, JohnnyJohnny Neumann (2) F/G So Ole Miss Baylor December 29, 1970 [3]
60 (3OT) Woodside, BenBen Woodside G Sr North Dakota State Stephen F. Austin December 12, 2008 [35]

Against non-Division I opponents[edit]

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Elvin Hayes scored 62 points against Valparaiso.

Note: Some of the opponents on this list that are currently Division I universities were not classified as Division I schools at the time of the 60-point game. Morehead State, Mercer, Saint Peter's and Valparaiso, for example, are present-day Division I schools.

Points Player Pos. Cl. Team Opponent Date Ref.
100 Selvy, FrankFrank Selvy G Sr Furman Newberry February 13, 1954 [14]
85 Arizin, PaulPaul Arizin* F/G Jr Villanova Naval Air Materials Center February 12, 1949 [36]
81 Williams, FreemanFreeman Williams G/F Sr Portland State Rocky Mountain February 3, 1978 [37]
73 Mlkvy, BillBill Mlkvy F Jr Temple Wilkes March 3, 1951 [38]
71 Williams, FreemanFreeman Williams (2) G/F Jr Portland State Southern Oregon February 9, 1977 [39]
67 Floyd, DarrellDarrell Floyd G Jr Furman Morehead State February 22, 1955 [17]
66 Williams, FreemanFreeman Williams (3) G/F Sr Portland State George Fox January 13, 1978 [39]
65 Zawoluk, BobBob Zawoluk C Sr St. John's Saint Peter's March 30, 1950 [40]
63 Selvy, FrankFrank Selvy (2) G Jr Furman Mercer February 11, 1953 [14]
63 White, ShermanSherman White F Jr LIU Brooklyn Marshall February 28, 1950 [41]
62 Hayes, ElvinElvin Hayes* C Sr Houston Valparaiso February 24, 1968 [42]
60 Jamerson, DaveDave Jamerson G Sr Ohio Charleston (WV) December 21, 1989 [43]
60 Kelly, HarryHarry Kelly F Sr Texas Southern Jarvis Christian February 23, 1983 [44]
60 Pettit, BobBob Pettit* C Sr LSU Louisiana College December 7, 1953 [45]

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