Kansas Basketball History Project

30 Point Games In KU History, Part I, The List

All games of 30 or more points. See Part II for further information.

46Douglas/John197716FEB@ Iowa St
45Chamberlain/Wilt195630DECColorado at KC
44Lovellette/Clyde195222MARSt. Louis
44Born/B. H.195302MARColorado
42Lovellette/Clyde195114DEC@ SMU
42Wesley/Walt196412DECLoyola of Chicago
42Manning/Danny198715MARSW MO St, NCAA
42Brown/Terry199105JANNC State
41Lovellette/Clyde195210MAR@ Colorado
41Chamberlain/Wilt195726DECOklahoma @ KC
40Sproull/Ralph191308FEBWashington, MO
40Lovellette/Clyde195231MARLa Salle @ MSG
40Chamberlain/Wilt195709DEC@ Marquette
40Manning/Danny198708FEBNotre Dame
39Wesley/Walt196608JANIowa St
39Robisch/Dave197026JAN@ Iowa St
39Kellogg/Ron198502FEB@ Nebraska
39Manning/Danny198813FEBIowa St
39Johnson/Elijah201325FEB@ Iowa St
38Chamberlain/Wilt195730DECKansas St @ KC
38Wesley/Walt196513FEB@ Oklahoma
38Manning/Danny198825MARVanderbilt, NCAA
37Chamberlain/Wilt195615DEC@ Washington
37Manning/Danny198827FEB@ Missouri
36Chamberlain/Wilt195628DECOklahoma @ KC
36Chamberlain/Wilt195712FEBOklahoma St
36Chamberlain/Wilt195715MAR@ SMU, NCAA
36Dobbs/Dallas195512FEB@ Kansas St
36Wesley/Walt196421DEC@ St. Johns
36Guy/Tony198115MARArizona St, NCAA
36McLemore/Ben201302MARWest Virginia
35Chamberlain/Wilt195818JAN@ Missouri
35Manning/Danny198502MAR@ Oklahoma St
34Lovellette/Clyde195107MARIowa St
34Born/B. H. 195312JAN@ Nebraska
34Chamberlain/Wilt195815FEBIowa St
34Hightower/Wayne196011MARTexas, NCAA
34Wesley/Walt196508FEB@ Missouri
34Wesley/Walt196504DEC@ Texas Tech
34Robisch/Dave197017JANMurray State
34Stallworth/Bud197108DECNotre Dame
34Knight/Danny197409FEB@ Oklahoma St
34Douglas/John197709FEB@ Missouri
34Kellogg/Ron198509FEBMemphis St.
34Pierce/Paul199729DECVanderbilt in HNL
33Lovellette/Clyde195207MARKansas St
33Lovellette/Clyde195225MARSanta Clara, NCAA
33Lovellette/Clyde195226MARSt. John's, NCAA
33Stallworth/Bud197206MAR@ Oklahoma
33Manning/Danny198719FEBKansas St
33Collison/Nick200327MARDuke, NCAA
33Wright/Julian200710FEB@ Missouri
33Morris/Marcus201112JAN@ Iowa St
33McLemore/Ben201309JANIowa St
32Lovellette/Clyde195007MARKansas St
32Lovellette/Clyde195009DEC@ St. Joseph
32Chamberlain/Wilt195716FEB@ Missouri
32Chamberlain/Wilt195721FEB@ Oklahoma St
32Chamberlain/Wilt195722MARSan Francisco, NCAA @ KC
32Ellison/Nolen196229DECKansas St @ KC
32Wesley/Walt196401FEB@ Kansas St
32Wesley/Walt196506MAROklahoma St
32Koenigs/Ken197529NOVMurray State
32Magley/David198129DECIndiana @ MSG
32Manning/Danny198728FEB@ Nebraska
32Manning/Danny198719DEC@ NC St
32Manning/Danny198813JAN@ Iowa St
32LaFrentz/Raef199702DECArizona @ Chicago
32Simien/Wayne200527FEBOklahoma St
32Collins/Sherron200920MARN. Dakota St, NCAA
31Lovellette/Clyde195226JAN@ Kansas St
31Lovellette/Clyde195221MARTCU, NCAA
31Born/B. H.195317JANKansas St
31Born/B. H.195420FEB@ Iowa St
31Chamberlain/Wilt195702MAR@ Colorado
31Chamberlain/Wilt195714DEC@ St. Joseph's
31Hightower/Wayne196011JAN@ Colorado
31Hightower/Wayne196006FEBIowa St
31Hightower/Wayne196114JANIowa St
31Gardner/Jerry196205MAR@ Iowa St
31Unseld/George196305FEB@ Oklahoma
31Robisch/Dave197009FEBOklahoma St
31Stallworth/Bud197205FEB@ Iowa St
31Suttle/Rick197425JAN@ Oklahoma
31Henry/Carl198227NOVUS International
31Kellogg/Ron198526JAN@ Colorado
31Manning/Danny198706MAROklahoma St @ KC
31Manning/Danny198708MARMissouri @ KC
31Manning/Danny198805MAROklahoma St
31Manning/Danny198804APROklahoma, NCAA
31LaFrentz/Raef199607DEC@ UCLA
31Pierce/Paul199810JAN@ Texas
31LaFrentz/Raef199824JANTexas Tech
31Robertson/Ryan199914MARKentucky, NCAA
31Gooden/Drew200119NOVBall St. @ Maui
31Collison/Nick200306JAN@ Iowa St
31Simien/Wayne200412MARMissouri @ Dallas
31Henry/Xavier200912DECLa Salle @ KC
30Sproull/Ralph191525FEB@ Missouri
30Miller/Ralph194202FEB@ Wichita St
30Eskridge/Jack194806MAR@ Nebraska
30Lovellette/Clyde195006FEB@ Colorado
30Lovellette/Clyde195027DECIowa St @ KC
30Lovellette/Clyde195110FEB@ Nebraska
30Lovellette/Clyde195201MAR@ Oklahoma
30Chamberlain/Wilt195614DEC@ Washington
30Chamberlain/Wilt195712JANKansas St
30Chamberlain/Wilt195716MAROklahoma City, NCAA
30Chamberlain/Wilt195702DEC@ Oklahoma St
30Gardner/Jerry196221FEB@ Nebraska
30Wesley/Walt196520JAN@ Kansas St
30Wesley/Walt196515FEB@ Oklahoma St
30Wesley/Walt196518DEC@ USC
30Harmon/Phil196804MAR@ Oklahoma
30White/Jo Jo196901FEBColorado
30Stallworth/Bud197128DECIowa St @ KC
30Suttle/Rick197501MAR@ Colorado
30Ross/Ricky197927DEC@ Pepperdine
30Thompson/Calvin198308MAR@ Oklahoma
30Henry/Carl198410MAROklahoma @ KC
30Manning/Danny198431DECKentucky @ Louisville
30Kellogg/Ron198505JANWichita St. @ KC
30Dreiling/Greg198511JAN@ S. Alabama
30Kellogg/Ron198622FEBKansas St
30Manning/Danny198725JANNC St @ KC
30Manning/Danny198717FEB@ Iowa St
30Manning/Danny198703DEC@ Western Carolina
30Manning/Danny198824FEB@ Oklahoma
30Randall/Mark199102FEB@ Iowa St
30Haase/Jerod199522DEC@ Temple
30Pierce/Paul199604JANEast Tennessee St
30Pierce/Paul199709MARMissouri @ KC
30Simien/Wayne200426MARUAB, NCAA
30Simien/Wayne200512MAROklahoma St @ KC
30Chalmers/Mario200816MARTexas @ KC
30Robinson/Thomas201131DECNorth Dakota
30McLemore/Ben201311FEBKansas St

Sources: Boxscores and game summaries from Kansas basketball media guides, Lawrence Journal-World, Kansas City Times, Kansas City Star.


30 Point Games In KU History, Part II, More Lists and Trivia.

In Part I , I listed every game in which a KU player scored 30 or more points. In all, it has been accomplished 184 times by 49 different players.

The Players

Here's a list of the players and the number of times they scored 30 or more points.

Born/B. H.4
White/Jo Jo1

Wilt, 30 X 30

Wilt Chamberlain played in only 48 games at KU, yet managed to top 30 points 30 times, including the first four games he played. In two of his 30+ point games he also had 30+ rebounds (Northwestern December 3, 1956 and Iowa State February 15, 1958). Chamberlain's career totals included six games of 40 or more points, 46 double-doubles, and 302 blocked shots.

Wilt Chamberlain is high man with 30 games of 30+ points.

Wilt Chamberlain is high man with 30 games of 30+ points. by 5yardfuller

Danny, 31 On A Monday In April

Danny Manning's 22 games of 30 or more points included a 31 point performance in the 1988 national championship game. Manning is the only Jayhawk to score 30 points while wearing yellow. When KU played Western Carolina in Cullowhee in December 1987, Larry Brown had the team wear yellow uniforms. Despite Manning's output, coach Brown was critical of the team's play and the yellow outfits were never worn again.

Clyde, Rolling In March

In the month of March, 1952, KU played nine games, winning all nine and in the process claiming the NCAA championship and the right to put 7 players on the US Olympic team. Clyde Lovellette scored at least 30 points in eight of those games, including seven games in a row (three times he was over 40 points). The one game he didn't break 30, he scored 29.

"Big" Clyde rang up 30 points 21 times.

"Big" Clyde rang up 30 points 21 times. by 5yardfuller


This season, Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore became the first KU teammates to ever score 30+ points in successive games. It's also the 12th season in which two or more players scored 30+.

  • 1962/63 Nolen Ellison and George Unseld
  • 1963/64 George Unseld and Walt Wesley
  • 1973/74 Danny Knight and Rick Suttle
  • 1981/82 Tony Guy and David Magley
  • 1982/83 Carl Henry and Calvin THompson
  • 1984/85 Greg Dreiling, Ron Kellogg and Danny Manning
  • 1990/91 Terry Brown and Mark Randall
  • 1995/96 Jerod Haase and Paul Pierce
  • 1996/97 Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce
  • 1997/98 Raef LaFrentz and Paul Pierce
  • 2009/10 Sherron Collins and Xavier Henry
  • 2012/13 Elijah Johnson and Ben McLemore


Opponents that have suffered the most Jayhawk 30+ games,

  • Iowa St 20
  • Missouri 19
  • Oklahoma 19
  • Colorado 14
  • Kansas St 14
  • Nebraska 12
  • Oklahoma St 12
  • In nonconference games, Kentucky has been stung the most with five.

The most points scored by a KU player in a loss? Dave Robisch scored 39 points at Iowa State in 1970, but the Cyclones, led by Bill Cain's 30 points and 20 rebounds, won the game.

The first to put up 30 for KU? Ralph Sproull scored 40 points against league foe Washington University in 1913. "Lefty" also had a 30 point game against Missouri in 1915.

The first to put up 30 against KU? W. E. Anderson scored 34 points for Nebraska against KU in 1900.

30 In A Half

Scoring 30 points in one half has been done three times. Jack Eskridge was the first to do it against Nebraska in 1948. Amazingly he scored 30 points in the second half after going scoreless in the first half. Wilt Chamberlain scored 32 points in the second half against Colorado in the Big 7 preseason tournament in 1956. Walt Wesley scored 31 points in the first half against Loyola of Chicago in December 1964.

Going Out With A Bang

Four KU players have scored 30 or more points in their final game.

  • Jo Jo White's 30 point finale in mid-season1969 was also celebrated as Ted Owens' 100th coaching victory.
  • Bud Stallworth's best remembered game is the the 50 point barrage he had against Missouri in his last game in Allen Fieldhouse. But his final game was on the road against Oklahoma. Stallworth appeared destined to get 50 again as he scored 29 points in the first half. In the second half OU went to a box-and-one defense and held Stallworth to four points.
  • Danny Manning had one of the all-time greatest performances in NCAA championship game history. His 31 points, 18 rebounds and 5 steals led KU to the title.
  • Ryan Robertson saved his best for last, scoring 31 points against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament in 1999. Robertson took only 10 shots from the field, but he made seven including four three-pointers, and also was 13 of 14 from the line.

Kansas, Nebraska, Naismith and Allen

This season brings an end to the conference basketball rivalry between Kansas and Nebraska. They have been conference brothers for over 100 years, but rarely have they dueled for conference supremacy, Kansas claiming 53 titles to Nebraska’s 7 (none since 1950). And Kansas has dominated the overall series, 169 wins to 71 wins. But in the beginning Nebraska had the upper hand, that is until a fellow called Phog came to Lawrence. Here’s a look at some of the earliest games in the series.

Game #1, March 2, 1900, Nebraska 48, Kansas 8 in Lincoln.

The first game in the series was also the first game for either school against what is now considered a major college program. Nebraska, in its fourth season, and KU, in its second season, had played mainly against YMCA and club teams up to this time.

The 40-point defeat still stands as the worst in Jayhawk history and when the team came back home they apparently weren‘t talking. The Lawrence newspapers did not report the score, only that KU lost. The Weekly Kansan of March 10, 1900 reported “No one knows exactly what the score was at Lincoln. Even Manager Russell has forgotten, but it was big. The little northerners tossed baskets so fast that our men lost count and did not linger to find the score after the game.” The next edition of the Kansan on March 17, 1900 added “No one seems to know exactly what the score was, or how it all happened. It will probably go down into history as one of the “unexplainable mysteries.””

But the Nebraska newspapers delighted in reporting the game in detail. All 8 of KU’s points were free throws made by Lucius Vandruff. That’s right, KU did not make a single field goal. Meanwhile, Nebraska’s W. E. Anderson made 12 field goals and 10 free throws for 34 points. Only nine players in Nebraska’s history have scored more than 34 points.

The KU players were unaccustomed to the smooth floor and “their shoes were so smooth that they could not stand up.” When asked to compare Nebraska’s gymnasium with KU’s the reply was “We have none. All we have at KU is a bath and a hole in the basement of Snow Hall where we have the privilege of storing our apparatus.”

Indeed, KU’s on campus gymnasium was virtually unusable for games, having an 11-foot ceiling (raised to 14-feet in 1903) and support columns on the court. KU used an outdoor practice area to the west of Snow Hall. The burning of the skating rink on Kentucky Street (KU’s first home court) in 1899 and then the burning of the YMCA gymnasium in 1901 left Lawrence and KU without a respectable gymnasium until Robinson Gymnasium opened in 1907.

Dr. James Naismith accompanied the KU team and acted as umpire during the game. Knowing that KU was being coached by the inventor of the game, Nebraska had been practicing hard anticipating a difficult game.

The win capped Nebraska’s second straight undefeated season. It was the low-water mark in KU’s first of six straight losing seasons under Naismith‘s guidance.

Game #2, March 1, 1902, Nebraska 35, Kansas 29, in Lawrence.

This was the only time Nebraska could be enticed to come to Lawrence before Robinson Gymnasium was built. The game was played in Haskell’s gymnasium, which, although it had six posts on the court, was still better than any other facility Lawrence could offer. Many years later, Phog Allen wrote the following about Haskell’s early court, “The Indians' court was fitted with chicken wire back stops and instead of shooting for the baskets the Indians fired away from a distance at the sagging area in the wire netting. Much to the chagrin of their “white man” opponents the ball would drop dead and fall directly into the basket. To complicate matters further, in the Indians' gymnasium there were six large, round, steel floor supports located in the playing court. The Indians would dash down the court, feint to go one direction, then clutch a post and swing off at an unexpected angle to elude their pursuers and, receive the ball at an unlooked for angle.”

Tickets for the game were sold for either 45 cents with round-trip transportation, or 25 cents without transportation. The transportation consisted of wagons from the Eldridge Hotel to Haskell’s campus .

According to the box score Nebraska scored 9 field goals and 8 free throws for 35 points and KU scored 8 field goals and 5 free throws for 29 points. That seems to be some fishy math, but it was right. A change in the official rules for the 1901-02 season made field goals worth three points. The rule was abandoned after that one year and KU did not shoot another three-pointer until 1934 when two games were played against Kansas State with several experimental rules being observed, including three point field goals and twelve foot goals.

The Alford brothers, Donald and Joseph, led KU with a combined 17 points. The Alford family’s roots run deep at KU. Legend has it that it that it was on their grandfather’s (Joseph Savage) farm that the Rock Chalk chant was first adopted by the KU Science Club. Their mother, Susan Savage Alford, was one of KU’s original students in 1866. A photograph of their brother, Alfred, was used as the model for the student in the “Uncle Jimmy” Green statue that stands before Lippincott Hall on KU’s campus.

A banquet was given after the game which both teams attended along with Haskell’s basketball team, victors over Nebraska the night before by a score of 79-29. The 50-point thrashing by Haskell was Nebraska’s worst ever loss until another trip to Lawrence resulted in a 56-point loss to Kansas and Wilt Chamberlain in 1958.

Game #4, February 12, 1906, Kansas 37, Nebraska 17, in Lincoln.

After another loss in 1903 KU got its only win in the first 7 games of the series. It was KU’s fourth game of a two week, 11 game road trip through Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa and Illinois. A rally was given that morning in the chapel on Nebraska’s campus. The KU team was invited to come up on the platform where they were given an ovation.

Forrest Allen, a freshman then known as “Fog”, scored 23 points, six more than Nebraska’s total. It was Allen’s third trip to Lincoln in a month’s time. He played for the Kansas City Athletic Club against Nebraska on January 13, scoring 7 points. On February 3, he accompanied Baker University team to Lincoln as their coach, losing to Nebraska 33-27.

Allen’s freshman teammate, Tommy Johnson, scored only two points in this game, but in years to come he would be a thorn in Nebraska‘s side, both on the basketball court and on the football field.

1909 Season.

KU beat Nebraska 5 times that season, an NCAA record for most wins over an opponent in one season (matched only by KU’s 5 wins over Kansas State in 1935). Two games were scheduled to have been played in Lincoln on back to back nights but KU’s team arrived a day late so the first game was cancelled. KU had become snowbound and forced to spend a night in Union, Nebraska, forty miles east of Lincoln.

Forrest Allen was in his second year of coaching the Jayhawks. Only three years before he was “Fog” the star player. Now he was “Phog” and already becoming a renown coach.

At that time the conference was split into two divisions, Kansas winning the South division and Nebraska winning the North division. The conference champion was decided by a three-game play-off between the divisional winners at the end of the season. These games were played in Kansas City, KS at the Rainbow skating rink on Minnesota Avenue. KU won the first two games to claim the Missouri Valley Conference championship. To raise money for their athletic departments the teams decided to go ahead and play the third game, which Nebraska won in overtime.

Tommy Johnson starred, scoring 42 of KU’s 81 points in the three games. One of Nebraska’s best players was Wilbur Wood, an excellent defenseman and the first black basketball player in conference history.

The officiating crew for the three game series have a place in Jayhawk lore. William Hamilton, the referee, became KU’s head coach a few months later. Henry Ashley, the umpire, was the captain of the Kansas City YMCA team which played KU in its first ever varsity game in 1899.

After this season KU finally led the overall series with eight wins to Nebraska’s seven. During Hamilton’s tenure Nebraska would regain the lead 21 wins to 19, but Phog Allen, who had become Dr. Allen, retook the coaching reins in 1920, won 10 straight over Nebraska and turned KU into a basketball power.


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