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Antoine Davis moves within striking distance of Division I scoring record

The Detroit Mercy senior dropped 38 Tuesday, now sits 26 points away from passing Pete Maravich for scoring record

NCAA Basketball: Detroit at Cincinnati
Antoine Davis has scored in double figures in every game of his career.
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Antoine Davis’ hopes of claiming the Division I career scoring record has come down to how far his Detroit Mercy Titans advance in the Horizon League Championship.

After closing the regular season 64 points away from passing Pete Maravich’s record of 3,667, the 6-foot-1-inch guard picked up more than half of that in Detroit Mercy’s 81-68 win over Purdue Fort Wayne Tuesday night. He knocked in 38 points on 14-for-27 shooting and 6-for-13 from 3-point range. It was his 40th game scoring at least 30 points.

NCAA Division I Career Scoring Leaders

Rank Player Points Last School Years
Rank Player Points Last School Years
1 Pete Maravich 3667 Louisiana State 1968-70
2 Antoine Davis 3642 Detroit Mercy 2019-23
3 Freeman Williams 3249 Portland State 1975-78
4 Chris Clemons 3225 Campbell 2016-19
5 Lionel Simmons 3217 La Salle 1987-90
6 Alphonso Ford 3165 Mississippi Valley State 1990-93
7 Doug McDermott 3150 Creighton 2011-14
8 Mike Daum 3067 South Dakota State 2016-19
9 Harry Kelly 3066 Texas Southern 1980-83
10 Keydren Clark 3058 Saint Peter's 2003-06
11 Hersey Hawkins 3008 Bradley 1985-88

Davis is playing in his fifth year of college basketball as everyone received an extra year of eligibility because of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Maravich, who completed his career at LSU in 1970, played just three seasons as freshmen were not eligible to play at that time.

The Birmingham, Ala., native also compiled a career-high eight rebounds, eight assists and four steals in Tuesday’s win. He has 592 career assists and is the second player in history with more than 3,000 points and 500 assists (along with Saint Peter’s Keydren Clark).

Davis has demonstrated his ability to shoot the long ball as well. With his six triples against Purdue Fort Wayne, he added to his Division I record and brought his career total up to 584.

NCAA Division I Career 3-point Leaders

Rank Player 3-pters Last School Years
Rank Player 3-pters Last School Years
1 Antoine Davis 584 Detroit Mercy 2019-23
2 Darius McGhee 514 Liberty 2019-23
3 Fletcher Magee 509 Wofford 2016-19
4 Travis Bader 504 Oakland 2011-14
5 J.J. Redick 457 Duke 2003-06
6 Jordan Bohannon 455 Iowa 2017-22
7 David Holston 450 Chicago State 2006-09
8 Chris Clemons 444 Campbell 2016-19
9 Keydren Clark 435 Saint Peter's 2003-06
T-10 Markus Howard 434 Marquette 2017-20
T-10 Damon Lynn 434 NJIT 2014-17

The Titans, who are the eight seed in the Horizon League with a 9-11 mark in the regular season, advance to take on top-seed Youngstown State in the quarterfinals Thursday night on the road.

In the two games against the Penguins in the regular season, Davis notched 32 points in the meeting at home and 15 on the road. The Titans lost both contests.

Davis leads the country in scoring this season at 28.4 points per game. Over his last nine games he is averaging 34.4. He has scored in double figures in each of his 143 career games, which is the NCAA record for most consecutive games with at least 10 points.

Mid-Major Madness chronicled Davis’ journey to the pinnacle of the sport earlier this season. Check out that piece on the prolific scorer.