Basketball Phenom: Bevo Francis

When people think of great college basketball players they think of Michael Jordan, Wilt Chamberlain, and Lew Alcinder. However, one of the most prolific scorers in college basketball history reigns from Rio Grande, Bevo Francis. While attending Rio Grande College (1952-1954), Bevo scored more than 100 points in a game on two different occasions. He is the only player in college basketball history to accomplish this feat. On January 9, 1953, he scored 116 points against Ashland Junior College of Kentucky however the NCAA did not recognize this performance as it was against a “junior college”. In 1954, Bevo put up 113 points against Hillsdale College. This stood as the NCAA record for the most points in a game from 1954-2012 when it was eclipsed by Grinnell’s Jack Taylor (138 points). In his 1953 season he averaged 48.3 points per game which still stands as the NCAA record. Following his college career, Francis was drafted by an NBA team, but opted to stay with his family in Ohio.



Bevo Francis

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