From Start, Selvy Was Hot
Eleven days after Bevo Francis became the first player to score at least 100 points in a college basketball game, Frank Selvy became the second. And no player since has come close.
Francis scored 113 for Division II Rio Grande against Hillsdale on Feb. 2, 1954; Selvy scored 100 for Division I Furman against Division II Newberry on Feb. 13.
In the 45 seasons since, the most any player has scored is 81, by Portland State’s Freeman Williams in 1978.
“One thing I remember about that game is that I got off to a great start--I got the opening tip and scored within two seconds,” Selvy said recently from his home in Simpsonville, S.C., 15 miles from the Furman campus.
Selvy, 66, went on to a nine-season NBA career, most of the last five with the Lakers.
Selvy’s best-remembered game is also the answer to a South Carolina sports trivia question: “What was the first sports event ever televised in South Carolina?”
“That was special, that so many people saw it,” he said.
In 1954, Selvy led Division I in scoring for the second season in a row. His 41.7-point average that season was not exceeded by a Division I player until Pete Maravich’s 43.8 in 1968.
In the 100-point game, he made 41 of 66 shots and 18 of 22 free throws. He had 94 points with 30 seconds remaining in a game Furman won, 145-95. He also led the Paladins with 13 rebounds.
His 100th point was a 40-footer at the final horn.
“Some people might remember me as a shooter, but in college I was an inside player,” said Selvy, 6 feet 3.
“If my shot wasn’t falling, I’d go inside and post up.”
All things Lakers, all the time.
Get all the Lakers news you need in Dan Woike's weekly newsletter.
You may occasionally receive promotional content from the Los Angeles Times.