Men's College Basketball
The 1952-1953 season saw the greatest increase in points scored per game from one season to the next, from 126.6 to 138.1.
NCAA Consensus First Team 1952-1953 All Americans:
- Ernie Beck, senior forward Penn University
- Walter Dukes, junior center Seton Hall University
- Tom Gola, sophomore F/C La Salle University
- Bob Houbregs, senior center Washington University
- Johnny O’Brien, senior guard Seattle University
Talk about scoring points! Francis hits 113, Barber scores 188
Sounds like a made up item, but the pair did really tally that many in 1952-1953 season
The points were really flying in men’s college basketball back in the early 1950s. An average of 138.1 points per game were registered during the 1952-1953 season which was the greatest increase from one year over the last year, 126.6.
A rule change in men’s college basketball history brought about the high scoring games. Intercollegiate competition was interpreted
as being between four year varsity college, two year junior colleges, AAU, alumni, freshmen and whatever.
Clarence Bevo Francis of Rio Grande scored 113 points in a single game.
So… Los Angeles State coach Sax Elliot decided to book a game against Chapman Junior College Varsity. Coach Sax Elliot told all of his players to pass the ball to 6 ft 6 inch center John Barber. The outcome was Los Angeles State won 206-82 with John Barber leading the way with a record 188 points.
The outcome: The rule book was changed to disallowed gamesagainst Junior Colleges, Military Service Teams, Alumni, Amateur
Athletic Teams (AAU) and the like. By basketballhistorian.com
Indiana nips Kansas 69-68 in 1953 NCAA Championship
Men’s College Basketball by basketballhistorian.com
In a nip-and-tuck championship game Indiana, 23-3, scored the deciding point on a free throw with 27 seconds remaining by Bob Leonard. With the scored tied at 68-all, Bob Leonard, a junior guard, sunk one of two free throws vaulting the Indiana men’s basketball team to a 69-68 victory over Kansas 19-6. Indiana was coached by Branch McCracken. Kansas was coached by Phog Allen.
Scoring: Indiana Hoosiers center Don Schlundt led both teams with 30 points, including 11 of 26 field goals. Junior forward Charles Kraak scored 17 points, making 5 of 8 FG, and 7 of 10 Free throws. Junior Guard Bob Leonard notched 12 points, Making 5 of 15 FG, and 2 of 4 free throws. Dick Farley had 2 points as did Dick White. James DeaKyne and Poff 0 points. Indiana roster: Phil Byers, sophomore guard; Burke Scott, Sophomore guard.
Kansas Jayhawks scoring: B H Born scored 26 points, on 8 of 27 field goals, made 10 of 12 FT. A. Kelley put in 20 points, 7 of 20 FG, 6 of 8 FT and senior guard Dean Kelley had 8 points, 3 of 4 field goals, 2 of 4 FT. Reich had 4 points on 2 of 9 FG attempts. Patterson had 9 points, 1 for 3 FG, hit 7 of 8 FT. Alberts missed one FG attempt while Smith made one free throw. Davenport missed one FG attempt.
1953 NCAA Finals Highlights:
B H Born, a junior center, led Kansas with 51 points in the two 1953 NCAA Final Four Games. Last season, 1952, B H Born played backup center to All American Clyde Lovellette. BH Born was chosen the 1953 NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player.
Don Schlundt, 6 ft 10 inch sophomore center for the Indiana Hoosiers averaged 25.4 points per game during the regular season, 7th highest in the nation. Don Schlundt was named to the 1953 NCAA All Tournament Team.
Dean Kelley, senior guard for the Kansas Jayhawks men’s basketball, received accolades for his all around leadership and resounding on-court play during the NCAA tourney. Don Kelley was a 1953 All Tournament Team selection.