The top 10 career scorers in Big 4 men's basketball
No. 10. Antoine Mason, Niagara u2013 1,934 points -- Might have risen to the top of the Big 4u2019s all-time list but transferred to Auburn for his senior season ... Inside-outside game made him difficult to defend but Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference coaches, unimpressed with his defense, relegated him to second-team all-conference as a junior although he finished second in the nation in scoring.
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No. 9 Javon McCrea, UB, 2010-14 - 2,004 points - The 6-foot-7 forward from Newark, N.Y., made a big splash from the outset and was tabbed the Mid-American Conference freshman of the year ... Went on to become a three-time first-team all-conference selection and the player of the year as a senior ... Averaged 18 points as a junior, 18.5 as a senior.
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No. 8 Tom Stith, St. Bonaventure, 1958-61 - 2,052 points u2013 Two-time All-American and still holds the school record for single-season scoring average (31.5). Played just 76 games ... Scored 40 or more eight times, topped by a 48-point outburst against Manhattan on Dec. 28, 1959.
No. 7 Bob Lanier, St. Bonaventure, 1967-1970 - 2,067 points. His 27.6 per-game career scoring average ranks second all-time in the Big 4.... Played 37 fewer games than No. 2 on the Big 4 list, Sanders ... Two-time first-team All-American ... As a senior he struck for 51 points against Seton Hall and 50 against Purdue, the latter in Madison Square Garden. ... Averaged 29 points and 16 rebounds his final season while facing double- and triple-teams. ... Would have added to point total if not for the knee injury suffered in the 1970 NCAA Tournament regional final. The injury ended Bonau2019s dreams of a national title ... Bennett High graduate ... Selected first overall by Detroit in the 1970 NBA Draft.
No. 6 Earl Belcher, St. Bonaventure, 1977-81 - 2,077 points u2013 The 6-foot-6 forward from Syracuse was a two-time first-team All-Conference pick and the A-10 player of the year in 1981 ... Scored a career-high 38 against Clarion on Dec. 10, 1979.
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No. 5 Andrew Nicholson, St. Bonaventure, 2010-14 u2013 2,103 points u2013 If thereu2019s a single player most responsible for rejuvenating the program following the scandal of 2003, Nicholson is it. The 6-foot-9 forward from Mississauga became the Atlantic 10u2019s rookie of the year and then its player of the year as a senior, when he led Bona into the NCAA Tournament ... Selected by Orlando in the first round of the NBA Draft ... Scored a career-high 44 points in a four-overtime victory over Ohio on Dec. 18, 2010.
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No. 4 Juan Mendez, Niagara, 2001-05 u2013 2,210 points u2013 The central figure for the high-end Purple Eagles of the early 2000s ... Career point total was fourth-best in Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference history, and he also ranked sixth in conference in career rebounding (1,053) ... Mendez, 6-foot-8, 245 pounds, was three times first-team all-MAAC and led the Purple Eagles to the NCAA Tournament his senior year, when he averaged 23.5 points and 10.6 boards.
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No. 3 Ray Hall, Canisius, 1981-85 u2013 2,226 u2013 This swingman out of McKinley High School is the only 2,000-point scorer in Canisius history u2013 and he did it in an unassuming way. You wonu2019t find Hall among the top 19 single-game scorers in Griffs history, nor among the top 10 in single-season scoring average. His trademark was his consistency highlighted by these numbers: 1646 field goal attempts, 818 made for a career shooting percentage of 49.7 percent.
No. 2 Greg Sanders, St. Bonaventure, 1974-78 u2013 2,238 points u2013 Bonau2019s all-time leading scorer averaged 22.1 points as a senior ... Scored 40 points when the Bonnies beat Houston, 94-91, for the 1977 NIT title after netting 30 in semifinal victory over Oregon ... Had a career high of 46 points against Detroit on Dec. 12, 1977.
No. 1 Calvin Murphy, Niagara, 1967-70 u2013 2,548 points u2013 One of the more electric players ever in the college game. ... The 5-foot-9 Murphy averaged 38.2 as a sophomore, 32.4 as a junior and 29.4 as a senior when the Purple Eagles went to the NCAA Tournament. ... Went off for 50 points or more six times in his career, capped by a 68-point outburst against Syracuse on Dec. 7, 1968. u2026 Played just 77 games, putting his career scoring average at 33.09 ... Went 18th overall to the San Diego Rockets in the 1970 NBA Draft and averaged a career-high 25.6 points for Houston in 1977-78.