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Ryan breaks career scoring record at Evansville held by Larry Humes
Courier Sports Staff
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 11:00 AM
Former Madison Cubs and Evansville Purple Aces basketball standout Larry Humes (above, pictured when he was a senior at Madison in 1962) held Evansville’s career scoring record for 47 years at 2,236 points until former Batesville standout and current Evansville senior Colt Ryan (below) passed Humes’ mark Tuesday night when he scored 39 points against Canisius to stand at 2,267. (Courier file photo above, Evansville University photo below)
"Colt's a good kid. He's a good player, and he's done a lot for Evansville. If he breaks it, that's good. Records are made to be broken."
Larry Humes on current Evansville senior Colt Ryan
Larry Humes' 47-year reign as the career scoring leader at the University of Evansville came to an end Tuesday night when former Batesville standout Colt Ryan passed the former Madison great in the Purple Aces' record books with a 39-point effort in a win over Canisius in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament.
Humes was Indiana's Mr. Basketball in 1962 before going on to play three years at Evansville where he became the school's career scoring leader with 2,236 points from 1963-66 - a record set when college players were only allowed three years of varsity basketball and there was no 3-point shot.
Still, Humes' record stood for nearly five decades until Ryan's senior season was extended by the Purple Aces' current run in the CollegeInsider.com tourney.
Ryan, a 6-foot-5 senior guard/forward, broke Humes' record Tuesday night in Buffalo, N.Y. with a huge game in Evansville's 84-83 win over the Golden Griffins. Ryan hit 11-of-22 from the field and 12-of-15 at the foul line to go with a team-high six rebounds.
After scoring 25 points in the Aces' previous tourney win over Eastern Kentucky University, Ryan needed eight points entering the Canisius game to tie Humes and he scored a season-high 39 that was just enough to carry the Aces (21-14) past the Griffins and on to the CollegeInsider final four.
Ryan willed Evansville back from a 9-point halftime deficit by scoring 30 of his 39 points in the second half and ended the night with 2,267 career points.
"This is a very special accomplishment," Ryan said. "Mr. Humes set that mark in just three years of playing, so it is a credit to what he did in such a short time that makes this moment so special."
Evansville head coach Marty Simmons said Ryan is deserving of the record.
"He is a special guy, I have had the privilege of coaching him for four years," Simmons said. "He has a great knowledge of the game that is as good as anyone I have been around."
"Colt's a good kid," Humes told the Evansville Courier-Press earlier this week. "He's a good player, and he's done a lot for Evansville. If he breaks it, that's good. Records are made to be broken."
Humes, now retired from a career as a basketball coach and guidance counselor, is still a huge supporter of Evansville. He visits the basketball program often and attends games when he can.
"Coach Humes is a great man, and he takes an enormous amount of pride in Evansville basketball," Simmons said. "It's always a pleasure to have him around. I know our guys - they light up when he's around."
Evansville not plays at East Carolina (21-12) in the tourney semifinals at 5 p.m. on Saturday.
Tuesday's Quarterfinals at Buffalo, N.Y.
EVANSVILLE 84, CANISIUS 83
Ryan 11-22 12-15 39, Mockevicius 3-3 3-4 9, Taylor 4-8 2-5 10, Wing 0-2 0-0 0, Cox 4-9 0-0 8, Sawvell 2-3 0-0 4, Nelson 1-1 0-0 2, Jones 1-3 3-4 5, Moore 1-4 0-0 2, Cesnulevicius 0-0 0-0 0, Balentine 2-6 0-0 5. Totals 29-61 20-28 84.
Manhertz 3-3 4-5 10, Jor. Heath 0-2 0-0 0, Washington 6-7 0-0 13, Baron 8-17 3-5 21, Sosa 3-5 0-0 8, Asprilla 2-4 1-2 5, Groves 3-8 0-0 7, Hymes 5-9 0-0 14, Jos. Heath 1-3 3-4 5. Totals 31-58 11-16 83.
Halftime-Canisius 37-28. 3-Point Goals-Evansville 6-16 (Ryan 5-9, Balentine 1-4, Cox 0-3), Canisius 10-22 (Hymes 4-7, Sosa 2-2, Baron 2-6, Washington 1-2, Groves 1-4, Jor. Heath 0-1). Fouled Out-Groves, Washington. Rebounds-Evansville 32 (Ryan 6), Canisius 32 (Asprilla, Manhertz 6). Assists-Evansville 20 (Taylor 8), Canisius 11 (Groves 6). Total Fouls-Evansville 19, Canisius 22. A-1,403.
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