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Bevo Francis' NCAA scoring record falls

November 21, 2012
From Staff and Wire Reports , Morning Journal News

GRINNELL, Iowa - Bevo Francis' NCAA scoring record has been broken after six decades.

Jack Taylor scored 138 points to shatter Francis' record in Division III Grinnell's 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible on Tuesday night.

Francis, a former Wellsville High School All-Ohioan who still lives in Columbiana County, scored an NCAA record 113 points for Rio Grande College in 1954.

Taylor made 27 of 71 three-point attempts, was 52 of 108 overall from the field and added seven free throws on 10 attempts in 36 minutes. He has scored 185 points in the Pioneers' three games this season.

"It felt like anything I tossed up was going in," said Taylor, a 5-foot-10 sophomore guard from Black River Falls, Wis.

The previous Grinnell record was 89 points by Griffin Lentsch last Nov. 19 against Principia, which also set the NCAA Division III men's record at the time.

Francis arrived at unknown Rio Grande College in 1952 and took the team to national prominence during his two seasons there.

In his 1952-53 freshman season, Francis scored 116 points against Ashland Junior College and averaged 50.1 points in leading Rio Grande to a 39-0 season. The 116 points remains the NAIA record, but the NCAA later decided it would only recognize games against institutions that granted four-year degrees.

Francis reached the century mark again when he scored 113 points against Hillsdale (Mich.) College in February 1954 at Jackson (Ohio) High School.

Frank Selvy is the only other college player to reach triple figures, scoring 100 points for Division I Furman against Newberry in 1954.



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