02/26 16:44 CST FSU's Rathan-Mayes turns in memorable scoring outburst
FSU's Rathan-Mayes turns in memorable scoring outburst
By AARON BEARD
AP Basketball Writer
Now Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes' name can be etched into sports
lore alongside the likes of Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant and "Pistol" Pete
They're on a short list of players to get into such an offensive "zone" that
their performances led to memorable scoring outbursts.
Rathan-Mayes, a little-known freshman guard from Canada, erupted for 30 points
in the final 4:38 in Wednesday's failed comeback at Miami.
"It was a crazy feeling just to be locked into a zone like that," Rathan-Mayes
said Thursday. "I was telling my dad earlier that I'd never been in a zone like
He went 8-for-10 from the field, 6-for-8 from 3-point range and 8-for-9 at the
foul line during his flurry, all while checking in and out of the game late due
to foul trouble. He almost single-handedly erased an 18-point deficit before
FSU lost 81-77.
Rathan-Mayes, who came in averaging 13.6 points, finished with 35 points to tie
his own program freshman record set in last month's loss at North Carolina. He
also passed Bob Sura for FSU's single-season freshman scoring record during the
Coach Leonard Hamilton said he was so disappointed with the loss it took time
to realize what Rathan-Mayes had done.
"I hadn't (immediately) accepted the fact that I'd just witnessed a youngster
do something that is extremely rare," Hamilton said.
In a tip of the hat to Rathan-Mayes' big game, here's a look at some other
memorable scoring outbursts:
WILT'S 100: The points had better come in bunches to hit 100 in a game. And
that's exactly what Wilt Chamberlain did in March 1962. During a scoring
performance that still stands as the NBA's best, Chamberlain followed a
28-point third quarter by scoring 31 in the fourth on 12-for-21 shooting along
with going 7-for-10 at the line, according to STATS. He played all 48 minutes
in the 169-147 win against New York.
BRYANT'S 81: Kobe Bryant came the closest to Wilt's 100 in January 2006 with 81
points. The Los Angeles Lakers star scored 55 points after halftime, racking up
27 points on 11-for-15 shooting in the third quarter and 28 more in the fourth.
Bryant finished 28-for-46 from the field, 7-for-13 from 3-point range, and
18-for-20 at the foul line.
PISTOL PETE: No one in college basketball ever scored like "Pistol" Pete
Maravich. The LSU guard still holds the NCAA's career record with 3,667 points
and 44.2-point career average. In a career filled with 50- and 60-point games,
Maravich's best output came in February 1970 at Alabama, where he went for 69
points --- 47 after halftime --- on 26-for-57 shooting along with going
17-for-21 on free throws in the 106-104 loss.
MILLER TIME: Hard to believe, but May marks 20 years since Indiana Pacers guard
Reggie Miller singlehandedly pulled off a shocking comeback. With his team
trailing by six in Game 1 of the NBA's Eastern Conference semifinals, Miller
scored eight points in the final 18.7 seconds to beat the New York Knicks
107-105 in Madison Square Garden. After hitting a 3 over John Starks, Miller
stole the ensuing inbounds pass, took a quick dribble to step behind the arc
and buried another 3 to tie it with 13.2 seconds left. Then after Starks missed
two free throws, Miller was fouled on a rebound and hit two free throws for the
lead with 7.5 seconds left. The always-talkative Miller walked off the MSG
court in defiant celebration yelling "Choke artists!" and sealing the moment in
NBA playoff lore.
SLEEPY'S MARK --- It isn't Bryant or Michael Jordan who own the NBA playoff
record for scoring in a half and a quarter. It's Eric "Sleepy" Floyd. In the
1987 playoffs, Floyd set records with 29 points and 12 field goals in a
quarter, as well as 39 points in a half for Golden State in a Western
Conference semifinals win against the Lakers. In the years since, there have
been players to flirt with those marks --- Detroit's Isiah Thomas scored a
Finals-record 25 points in a quarter in 1988 on an injured ankle --- but Floyd
still holds them.
AP freelance writer Brent Kallestad in Tallahassee, Florida, contributed to
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