Sick of hearing about Nate Wolters’ 53-point performance from Thursday night at Fort Wayne? Then shield your eyes because this is a big national story and we’re going to keep exploring angles.
That output is an SDSU school record for any game, breaking the mark of 44 set by Dave Thomas (pictured above) on March 10, 1973.
It’s only third-most in Summit League history, although the top two marks - the only previous outings of 50 or more – were achieved in multiple extra sessions. NDSU guard Ben Woodside put up 60 in a triple-overtime loss to Stephen F. Austin in 2008, keyed by 30 of 35 at the foul line. He played 51 minutes.
Michael Watson of Kansas City scored 54 in a double-OT win over Oral Roberts in 2003. He played 50 minutes, going 19 of 35 from the field with 10 3s.
Wolters did his damage in 40 minutes.
As for NCAA Division I lore, this is the highest total by anybody in a non-overtime game since Kentucky guard Jodie Meeks put up 54 in 2009. But 53 doesn’t even register in the top 25 of all-time - you need 60 to get there. The all-time mark is 72 set by Kevin Bradshaw of Alliant International against Loyola Marymount in 1991. Next on the list are legends Pete Maravich (69) and Calvin Murphy (68).
Here are the top 5 single-game performances in SDSU, Summit and D-I history:
1. 53 - Nate Wolters 53 vs. IPFW, 2013
2. 44 - Dave Thomas 44 vs. Coe College, 1973
3. 41 - Tom Black vs. Morningside, 1964; Steve Lingenfelter vs. Grand View, 1980
5. 40 - Kent Hyde vs. Augustana, 1957; Lingenfelter vs. Fresno State, 1980
1. 60 - Ben Woodside, NDSU, 60 vs. Stephen F. Austin, 2008
2. 54 - Michael Watson, UMKC, 54 vs. Oral Roberts, 2003
3. 53 - Nate Wolters, SDSU, 53 vs. IPFW, 2013
4. 47 - Jay Taylor, Eastern Illinois, 47 vs. Chicago State, 1989; Travis Bader, Oakland vs. IUPUI, 2013
1. 72 - Kevin Bradshaw, Alliant International vs. Loyola Marymount, 1991
2. 69 - Pete Maravich, LSU vs. Alabama, 1970
3. 68 - Calvin Murphy, Niagara vs. Syracuse, 1968
4. 66 - John Handlan, Washington & Lee vs. Furman, 1951; Maravich vs. Tulane, 1969
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