On this day, 55 years ago, WVU star Rod “Hot Rod” Hundley set the school single game scoring record with 54 points against Furman.
The game on January 5, 1957 was a high scoring match between Southern Conference opponents. The Mountaineers came into the game with an 8-3 record and riding a 3-game losing streak. WVU still maintained the #19 ranking in the AP Poll after struggling to find a win over the Christmas break.
Fred Schaus’ team got involved in a track meet with the Paladins, moving the ball up and down the court at a lightning pace. The tempo of the game suited Hundley’s game well. Hot Rod tore up the Paladins defense, coming up with 54 points on 22 of 48 shooting from the field.
Hundley played virtually the entire game, fouling out in the final minute of the 110-95 Mountaineers victory.
Rod’s final stat line in the record setting performance was 54 points, 18 rebounds, and 3 assists.
Hundley’s record has stood now for 55 years and does not look likely to be broken anytime soon. The closest any player has come to the record is 43 points scored by Da’Sean Butler in 2009 against Villanova.