COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis Takes Aim At ‘Pistol’ Pete’s Scoring Record

Mar 2, 2023, 9:29 AM

Antoine-Davis-Detroit-Mercy-NCAA...

Antoine Davis #0 of the Detroit Mercy Titans is introduced before a college basketball game against the "m" at the George Gervin GameAbove Center on December 18, 2022 in Ypsilanti, Michigan. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

AP – Antoine Davis is on the verge of breaking a scoring record once considered untouchable — and, in some ways, remains so.

Detroit Mercy’s star guard needs just 26 points to surpass Pete Maravich as the NCAA’s career scoring leader. Davis, who leads the nation with a 28.4 points per game average, can break “Pistol” Pete’s revered 53-year-old mark Thursday night in a Horizon League tournament game against top-seeded Youngstown State.

Davis scored 38 on Tuesday night in a win over Purdue Fort Wayne to advance the eight-seeded Titans and close in on the mark that Maravich set as an All-American for LSU from 1967-70.

Just weeks after LeBron James went past Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the NBA’s career scoring leader, Davis has a chance to top Maravich, the Hall of Famer his father had him study while learning to play as a kid.

A gifted shooter and scorer, the smooth 6-foot-1 Davis will have his work cut out to break the record against the Penguins, who held him to 15 points on Jan. 29 at Youngstown State. He also dropped 32 on them in the first meeting this season.

Davis already holds several NCAA records, including consecutive games in double figures (143), 3-pointers (584) and he’s seven 3s away from Stephen Curry’s record of 162 in a season.

If he’s able to overtake Maravich and make history, the new scoring record will belong to Davis as well. However, this one might need an asterisk — or two.

RELATED: BYU Basketball Will Host High-Profile Transfer Antoine Davis On Visit

Davis has scored 3,642 points in 142 games while it took Maravich just 83 to get 3,667 during three seasons for the Tigers when he was known as much for a shaggy haircut and droopy socks as his on-court wizardry.

Unlike Davis, who was granted a fifth year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Maravich didn’t play as a freshman — it wasn’t allowed at the time — and there was also no 3-point line or shot clock, placing a premium on every possession.

It’s mind-boggling to consider that Maravich, who died in 1988 at age 40 after suffering a heart attack while playing in a pickup game, averaged 44.2 points without taking or making a single 3-pointer.

Along with their scoring proclivity, Davis and Maravich share something else: both played college ball while being coached by their fathers.

Mike Davis has credited losing his job at UAB and moving his family to Houston, where his son, then in middle school worked out with former NBA coach John Lucas, with changing the trajectory of his playing career.

RELATED: BYU Comes Up Short In Pursuit Of Transfer Portal Guard Antoine Davis

To supplement the hours working with Lucas, Davis had his son watch instructional videos of Maravich, who had a gift for making dribbling, passing and shooting look easy.

“A lot of times people can do things but they can’t teach it,” Mike Davis told Yahoo Sports. “Pete could actually teach it. The way he explained how he did things, it was so simple. You didn’t have to be a basketball coach to understand.”

  • Utah Jazz Scoreboard

  • Utah Jazz Team Leaders

  • Utah Jazz Standings

College Basketball

NCAA-Logo-Basketball...

Ralph D. Russo, AP

NCAA Votes To Accept $2.8 Billion Settlement That Could Change College Sports

The NCAA and Big Ten Conference leadership approved a $2.8 billion settlement of antitrust claims Wednesday.

1 day ago

caroline-longshore-feels-her-husbands-heart-in-former-utah-basketball-player-kenny-gardner...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Basketball Mourns Loss Of Kenny Gardner

The Runnin' Utes are mourning the loss of larger-than-life former player Kenny Gardner who passed away at the age of 75. 

2 days ago

gianna-kneepkens-dribbles-the-ball...

Michelle Bodkin

Utah Women’s Basketball Releases 2024-25 Roster, Jersey Numbers

Utah women's basketball is helping their fans learn the 2024-25 roster and jersey numbers, releasing a graphic on social media.

2 days ago

BYU Basketball, Elijah Crawford...

Mitch Harper

BYU Basketball Lands Former Stanford Signee Elijah Crawford

BYU adds a four-star composite prospect to the 2024-25 roster.

3 days ago

Kim-Smith-Gaucher-2016-Rio-Olympics...

Michelle Bodkin

Three Former Utah Women’s Basketball Players Heading For 2024 Paris Olympics

Team Canada's first 3X3 basketball team to ever qualify for the Olympics will feature three former Utah women's basketball greats.

4 days ago

craig-smith-huddles-with-runnin-utes-at-huntsman-center-2024...

Michelle Bodkin

Report: Utah Basketball Adds Sacramento State’s Loren Leath To Staff

Runnin' Utes head coach Craig Smith has added former Sacramento State assistant coach Loren Leath to his staff.

7 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Follow @kslsports...

KSL Give-A-Thon

The KSL Sports Zone, KSL 5 TV, FM100.3, 103.5 The Arrow, and KSL NewsRadio have teamed up to raise money for the kids being served by Primary Children’s Care!

ksl-sports-newsletter...

KSL Sports

KSL Sports Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the KSL Sports newsletter. Get the latest Utah sports news delivered to your inbox.

...

KSL Sports

Jazz Notes Newsletter: Sign Up Now

Sign up today for the Jazz Notes newsletter. Get insider analysis, game recaps and opportunities to win tickets!

Follow @kslsports...

The Road Home Mediathon 2023

The KSL Sports Zone and KSLSports.com are proud to support the all-day Mediathon 2023 at the Road Home, an annual tradition to raise money and other essential items for the Road Home, a Homeless Shelter.

3 kids wearing real salt lake jerseys smiling...

Real Salt Lake

6 Reasons You Need to Experience a RSL Matchday

RSL Games are a great way to spend time with your family with fun activities, good food, and traditions you can only experience at the field.

High angle view of the beautiful Rose Bowl Stadium...

KSL Digital Sales

How to Prepare for the 2023 Rose Bowl

Everything you need to know to plan your 2023 Rose Bowl trip in Pasadena, California. This year, the Utes will face Penn State.

Detroit Mercy’s Antoine Davis Takes Aim At ‘Pistol’ Pete’s Scoring Record