On February 7, 1970, LSU guard Pete Maravich scored what was then an NCAA record 69 points against Alabama — all without the benefit of the 3-point shot.
Incredibly, Maravich breached the 60-point threshold four times during his college career including twice during the 1970 season.
PISTOL PETE MARAVICH
In only three years playing for the Tigers under his father’s coaching, Maravich scored a record 3,667 points — 1,138 in 1967-68, 1,148 in 1968-69, and 1,381 in 1969-70 — while averaging 43.8, 44.2, and 44.5 points per game.
It has been reported that former LSU coach Dale Brown charted every shot Maravich scored and concluded that, if his shots from three-point range had counted as such, his average would have totaled 57 points per game.
NBA SCORING LEADER
Drafted No. 3 in the 1970 NBA draft by the Atlanta Hawks, Maravich averaged 23.2 points per contest his first year — good enough to earn NBA All-Rookie Team honors.
After being traded to the New Orleans Jazz in 1974, Maravich again blossomed as a scoring machine. He led the league in scoring with an average of 31.1 points per game during the 1976-77 season, scoring 40 points or more in 13 different games, and 50 or more in 4 games. His 68-point masterpiece against the Knicks was at the time the most points ever scored by a guard in a single game