NCAA men’s basketball all-time scoring leaders: Antoine Davis falls just short of Pete Maravich’s career record

By | March 2, 2023

One of college basketball’s longest-standing records could have fell Thursday.

Instead, it proved impregnable, even to one of the highest-scoring guards the college game has ever seen.

Detroit Mercy guard Antoine Davis finished three points shy of Pete Maravich’s Division I record for most career points, a high watermark set more than 50 years ago.

Heading into the Horizon League tournament game against Youngstown State, Davis was 26 points away from college basketball immortality. However, he was unable to match Maravich’s mark, dropping 22 points as the Titans fell 71-66 to the Penguins.

Davis, fresh off a 38-point explosion vs. Purdue Fort-Wayne, struggled to find a rhythm on Thursday, clanking a number of early looks. It seemed Youngstown State was hellbent on depriving the talented guard of open shots, holding him to just seven points in the first 20 minutes of play.

Davis began to find his groove in the second half. And for a time, it seemed that maybe he would have another bite at the cherry — Detroit Mercy led for much of the affair.

However, the 6-foot-1 guard dealt with foul trouble all night. And after seeing a wayward last-second attempt bounce off the iron, Davis had to be restrained from going after a Penguins player as he left the floor.

Of course, Davis had plenty of advantages in his pursuit of the mark; while Maravich scored his 3,667 points in just 83 games (with no 3-point line), an average of 44.2 per game, Davis played in 144 games across his Titans career.

Davis averaged 25.5 points per game in his career and 28.4 per game so far in his final season. Unless Detroit Mercy nabs an unlikely tournament berth, it seems he will have to settle for second-place on the all-time men’s college basketball totem pole.

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Here’s where Davis stacks up among other college basketball greats: 

NCAA basketball all-time scoring leaders

Below is a list of the top-10 all-time scorers in NCAA men’s basketball history, including their record and when and where they attended college:

Rank Player Points School Years
1. Pete Maravich 3,667 LSU 1967-70
2. Antoine Davis 3,664* Detroit Mercy 2018-23
3. Freeman Williams 3,249 Portland State 1974-78
4. Chris Clemons 3,225 Campbell 2015-19
5. Lionel Simmons 3,217 La Salle 1986-90
6. Alphonso Ford 3,165 Mississippi Valley State 1989-93
7. Doug McDermott 3,150 Creighton 2010-14
8. Mike Daum 3,067 South Dakota State 2015-19
9. Harry Kelly 3,066 Texas Southern 1979-83
10. Keydren Clark 3,058 St. Peter’s 2002-06

* – Through March 2, 2023