These are the college basketball players who have scored the most points in a game playing against a Division I opponent. The most points ever scored in a college basketball game is 116 by Clarence Bevo Francis, but Bevo Francis did it against a junior college.
The most points ever scored in a college basketball game by a player against a four year school is 100 by Frank Selvy, but Selvy did it against a non Division I school. One of the players on this list had his high scoring game against my favorite college basketball team, the Syracuse Orange. I was too young to have seen the game, but I do remember seeing the player in the NBA.
Most Points Scored in Division I College Basketball Game by Player
1. Kevin Bradshaw - 72
Kevin Bradshaw holds the record for most points scored in a college basketball game by a player playing against a Division I opponent. Bradshaw poured in 72 points against Loyola Marymount while playing for Alliant International on January 5, 1991. Bradshaw never played in the NBA, but did play professionally in Israel for many years.
2. Pete Maravich - 69
While playing for LSU, Pistol Pete Maravich scored 69 points on February 7, 1970 vs the Alabama Crimson Tide. Maravich went on to have a great NBA career, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1987. Pistol Pete Maravich passed away in 1988.
3. Calvin Murphy - 68
Calvin Murphy, who is only 5' 9", poured in 68 points in college playing for Niagara vs my Syracuse Orange (Orangemen back then) on December 7, 1968. Murphy went on to have a great NBA career, and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1993. I was much too young to remember his 68 point game, but I remember Murphy in the NBA where he was known for his "instant offense" whenever he entered a game.
T-4. Jay Handlan - 66
Playing for Washington & Lee, Jay Handlan poured in 66 points on February 17, 1951 playing against Furman. Handlan took an incredible 71 shots in the game. He never played in the NBA.
T-4. Pete Maravich - 66
Before he scored 69 points in 1970, Pete Maravich scored 66 points vs Tulane in February 10, 1969.
T-4. Anthony Roberts - 66
Anthony Roberts scored 66 points in a college basketball game against North Carolina A&T while playing for Oral Roberts on February 19, 1977. Roberts would go on to score 65 points on March 9, 1977 vs Oregon. Anthony Roberts played five years in the NBA, and averaged 7.8 points per game.