After scoring 38 points in Detroit Mercy’s 81-68 Horizon League Tournament win over Purdue-Fort Wayne on Tuesday, Antoine Davis needs just 26 more points to break Pete Maravich’s NCAA career scoring record. Davis made 14 of 27 shots from the field against the Mastodons and also finished with eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals while leading the No. 8 Titans to a comfortable victory.
Detroit Mercy had to win for Davis to get one more game and have a chance to pass Maravich. The Titans (15-18) will face No. 1 seed Youngstown State on Thursday in the quarterfinal game. Davis scored 32 against YSU in a Jan. 12 home game and 15 in a Jan. 29 road game. The Titans lost both games.
Davis leads the nation in scoring with 28.1 points per game this season, but has picked up his production even more of late, averaging 34.4 points over his last nine games. One more game at that pace would make him the sport’s new all-time leading scorer. Because the Titans have a losing record, their season will end with a loss to Youngstown State, meaning Thursday’s game could be Davis’ only chance at the record.
Maravich holds the all-time scoring record with 3,667 points since 1970. The legendary LSU guard scored before the arrival of the 3-pointer in college basketball and in just three seasons’ worth of games since his freshman season at the school. freshman team at a time when freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition.
Most points in NCAA Division I history
|Pete Maravich, LSU||1967-70||3,667|
|Antoine Davis, Detroit||2018-present||3,642|
|Freeman Williams, Portland||1974-78||3,249|
|Chris Clemons, Campbell||2015-19||3,225|
|Lionel Simmons, La Salle||1986-90||3.217|
Instead, this is Davis’ fifth season in college basketball after being granted an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But there is no doubt that he is among the sport’s all-time great scorers. He is already the NCAA’s all-time leader in three-pointers with a tally that increased to 578 after drilling five more on Saturday.
Davis is the son of Detroit coach Mike Davis, who coached at Indiana, UAB and Texas Southern. After last season, Davis entered the transfer portal and even released the list of schools he considered finalists that included BYU, Georgetown, Kansas State and Maryland. Ultimately, he chose to return to Detroit to close out his storied career.