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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.

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Incredibly, Maravich breached the 60-point threshold four times during his college career including twice during the 1970 season.


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.

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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.


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