As a Texas Longhorn I’ve got to love a guy nicknamed Bevo, of course it doesn’t hurt if he holds the all-time NCAA record for scoring in a basketball game. That’s exactly what Rio Grande College’s Clarence “Bevo” Francis did – for 58 years – until Tuesday night when Division III Grinnell’s Jack Taylor scored 138 points in a 179-104 win over Faith Baptist Bible.
The performance by the sophomore guard from Wisconsin easily eclipsed both Francis’ 113-point effort against Hillsdale in 1954 that was the NCAA watermark and an earlier unofficial tally of 116 points (it did not count because it was against a junior college).
Taylor who made 38 percent of his 3-point attempts in the game, connecting on 27 of 71 shots beyond the arc, and was 52 of 108 from the field overall has a long way to go before he can match Bevo career-wise however.
During the 1952-53 season Francis led his team to a 39-0 record, the most wins ever in a season by a collegiate team before going pro and signing with frequent Harlem Globetrotter foe the Boston Whirlwinds. He later was drafted by Philadelphia but never played in the NBA and is not currently a member of the basketball hall of fame.
Still Taylor joins a unique and small fraternity. The only member of the 100 Club is Frank Selvy, who scored 100 points for Division I Furman against Newberry in 1954.