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Top 10 scoring games in UNC basketball history

There’s been a lot of great scorers in the long, storied history of UNC basketball.

The most obvious name is Michael Jordan – the GOAT – who’s won both an NCAA Championship and multiple NBA titles. There’s also Coby White, who’s also carving a name for himself as another budding star with the Chicago Bulls, Joel Berry, Tyler Hansbrough, Justin Jackson and – most recently – current Tar Heel guard RJ Davis.

Oddly enough, none of the above players I mentioned have any of the Top-10, in-game scoring records. You’ll have to take a trip back to the 20th century to find those.

Luckily for you, we’re gonna talk about those players.

You recognize the names Bobby Lewis, Billy Cunningham, Lennie Rosenbluth, George Glamack, Charlie Scott or Shamond Williams? They all hold the in-game scoring records, spanning from the early 1940’s to the late 1990’s, but Rosenbluth was the only Top-10 in-game scorer to win a National Championship.

With the way Davis is currently playing, he could easily join the Top 10 scoring list. He’ll need to break into the 40’s – luckily for Davis, UNC has plenty of scorers on this year’s team.

As we still hold the Miami victory fresh in our minds, let’s take a trip back to the 20th century:

(Ties are listed based on recency)

10. Shammond Williams – 42 at Georgia Tech on Feb. 8, 1998

T-8. Bob Lewis – 43 vs. Richmond on Dec. 8, 1965

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Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Bob Lewis was one of the most electric scorers in UNC’s basketball history, averaging 22.1 points per game across his three years in uniform. He averaged a whopping 27.4 points per game during North Carolina’s 1965-1966 campaign.

Lewis scored a career-high 43 points in a game on Dec. 8, 1965 vs. Richmond – a 127-76 UNC victory. He would go on to play just four NBA seasons – three with the San Francisco Warriors, then his final with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

T- 8. Charlie Scott – 43 vs. Wake Forest on Jan. 17, 1970

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Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The UNC-Wake Forest basketball rivalry goes back to 1888, with Wake Forest winning the first-ever matchup.

One of those memorable clashes occurred on Jan. 17, 1970, when future Hall of Famer Charlie Scott dropped 43 on the Demon Deacons in a 91-90, Wake Forest victory.

Scott went on to become an NBA champion and 3-time All-Star, averaging 20.7 points per game across 12 professional seasons.

 

7. George Glamack – 41 vs. Clemson on Feb. 10, 1941

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Mandatory Credit: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – USA TODAY NETWORK

George Glamack was another scoring machine for the Tar Heels, averaging 16.8 points per game across his career. He averaged a season-best 20.1 in 1941, a season which also included a 41-point outing against Clemson on Feb. 10.

UNC won this game, 76-53, en route to the Elite Eight.

T-4. Lennie Rosenbluth – 45 points at Clemson on Jan. 14, 1956

Lennie Rosenbluth was another electric scorer to come through UNC, perhaps the best.

He averaged 26.9 points per game across three seasons, including a career-high 28 points per game in 1956-1957.

One of Rosenbluth’s highest-scoring games came in North Carolina’s 103-99 win at Clemson on Jan. 14, 1956, when he dropped 45 points.

As of today, Rosenbluth still holds the all-time, single-season points record with 897 during the same campaign.

T-4. Lennie Rosenbluth – 45 vs. William and Mary on Feb. 7, 1956

Rosenbluth dropped another 45-pointer during that same 1956 season, scoring 45 vs. William and Mary on Feb. 7, 1956.

If you haven’t garnered already, Rosenbluth was quite the scorer.

T-4. Lennie Rosenbluth – 45 vs. Clemson on March 7, 1957

The most important of Rosenbluth’s three 45-point games came on March 7, 1957, as he helped UNC beat Clemson, 81-61, in the ACC Tournament.

This same year, Rosenbluth won National Player of the Year and helped the Tar Heels to their first NCAA Title, while maintaining a perfect, 32-0 record.

3. Lennie Rosenbluth – 47 points vs. Furman on Dec. 3, 1956

At this point, it’s to be expected that if it’s a high-scoring game in UNC’s storied basketball history, Rosenbluth is somehow connected to it.

His highest-scoring game was on Dec. 3, 1956 against Furman, a 94-66 win for North Carolina.

Rosenbluth never enjoyed that same success in the NBA, playing just two seasons for the Philadelphia Warriors.

2. Billy Cunningham – 48 vs. Tulane on Dec. 10, 1964

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Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Before NBA great Billy Cunningham became a Hall-of-Famer, he was a star basketball player at UNC.

He was the 1965 ACC Player of the Year, a 3-time All-ACC standout and part of the 1963-1964 All-ACC Tournament team.

An integral moment in Cunningham’s career came on Dec. 10, 1964, when Cunningham dropped 48 points in UNC’s 111-74 win over Tulane.

Billy Cunningham was a double-double machine, recording 60 in his Tar Heel career. Armando Bacot tied that mark last season and has since surpassed it.

1. Bob Lewis – 49 vs. Florida State on Dec. 16, 1965

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Malcolm Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The single-game scoring record at UNC also belongs to Bob Lewis.

On Dec. 16, 1965 against Florida State, Lewis exploded for 49 points in the Tar Heels’ 115-80 victory.

Despite Lewis recording two single-game scoring records that year, North Carolina failed to make the NCAA Tournament.

Story originally appeared on Tarheels Wire