Darius McGhee against Kennesaw State.

While Jimmer Fredette didn’t have the greatest NBA career, his college career with the BYU Cougars from 2007-2011 was incredible. He was the leading scorer in all of Division I in his senior season, 2011, and was also selected as national player of the year that season by a wide range of selectors. So it’s certainly notable that someone has now tied one of his many records, and Liberty Flames’ senior guard Darius McGhee did just that Saturday against the Kennesaw State Owls. There, McGhee dropped 47 points in a 100-93 overtime win. That was the second-highest total of this season (behind McGhee’s own 48 points against the Florida Gulf Coast Eagles in January), as ESPN’s Kevin Connors noted:

Here’s one of McGhee’s highlights from that game, a contested shot in the lane:

That point-scoring performance made McGhee the only player since Fredette in 2011 to post 47 or more points twice in a single college basketball season. So that’s certainly impressive. It’s not an incredible leap for McGhee, as he’s averaged 23.9 points per game this season (in 33.2 minutes per game), but it’s still remarkable to see him hit that level, and tie a record set by Fredette.

On the season, the Flames are now 21-10 overall, and 12-4 in Atlantic Sun play (second in that conference behind the Jackson State Gamecocks). They’re not guaranteed a NCAA tournament slot yet, but they certainly have a chance of getting one. And if they do get there, that may lead to some more remarkable performances from McGhee.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.