The large man on campus in 1970 rose to unmatched heights when Wealthy Yunkus scorched each Furman and North Carolina for 47 factors to set Georgia Tech’s single- recreation file and make historical past.
Nicknamed the Benton Bomber after his hometown in Illinois, the 6-9 ½ Yunkus’ first scoring spree practically beat Furman single-handedly whereas the second capped an excellent weekend by which Tech upset fifth-ranked NC State after which seventh-ranked North Carolina.
“He’s the perfect large man I’ve ever had at Georgia Tech definitely,” mentioned his coach Whack Hyder. “He’s in a category all by himself.”
Yunkus’ 47-point efforts comprise only a fraction of the two,232 factors he scored as Tech, which nonetheless stands as the varsity file. He earned all-America honors twice and completed sixth within the nation in scoring as a junior at 30.1 factors per recreation.
A newspaper headline captured a kind of video games merely, “Yunkus’ 47, Tech’s 41 Nix Hapless Furman’s 61.” With 10 minutes to play, Yunkus was truly main the Paladins by himself 41-35 when Hyder sat him on the bench. He returned for one more three minutes however couldn’t fairly defend his lead.
Furman’s head coach Frank Selvy, who had as soon as scored 100 factors in a recreation, mentioned, “He was simply unbelievable.”
Hyder mentioned, “I’ve by no means seen a participant shoot any higher than he did tonight. Really our plan wasn’t to search for Wealthy however to attempt to open issues up from the skin. However he was transferring so nicely that he was open constantly, and we have been in a position to hit him.”
Yunkus erased two data along with his 47 factors, together with the Alexander Memorial Coliseum mark of 40 by Pres Judy in 1967 towards Florida State and his personal faculty file of 41 that he had set towards Tulane in 1969. Yunkus described it as simply a kind of nights.
“Plainly every year I simply go on the market and really feel like I did tonight,” he mentioned. “Since junior excessive, I’ve had only one recreation a yr the place I can hit 40.”
In 1970, that feeling truly occurred 5 instances. He additionally netted 41 factors towards Dave Cowens and Florida State as Seminole assistant coach Invoice Clendinen mentioned, “He must be the best-shooting large man in school basketball. Solely man I’ve seen who even comes close to him is Kentucky’s Dan Issel.”
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Yunkus’ single-game file of 47 factors lasted over twenty years earlier than it was damaged by Kenny Anderson. His profession mark of two,232 factors nonetheless stands.
Yunkus additionally hit for 40 factors towards Georgia and Georgia State that yr, however his most memorable efficiency got here within the North-South Doubleheader in Charlotte, N.C. Tech had been a substitute workforce for South Carolina and confronted a pair of Atlantic Coast Convention heavyweights.
Yunkus scored 27 factors and grabbed 20 rebounds within the Jackets’ stunning win over fifth-ranked NC State within the opening recreation. The subsequent night time, Yunkus placed on a present towards the Tar Heels along with his faculty record-tying 47 factors.
He sparked Tech to a 53-45 halftime lead with 27 factors en path to the 104-95 victory. The Rambling Wreck’s sweep remains to be thought of one of many nice moments within the faculty’s basketball historical past.
“I don’t suppose I’ve ever had a recreation like this towards a workforce nearly as good as North Carolina,” Yunkus mentioned. “I used to be scoring extra from inside tonight than I did towards State, however that was as a result of North Carolina performed me in a different way. They have been guarding me very intently, which made it higher to drive, whereas State performed additional again and made me shoot exterior.”
Yunkus’ specialty was a comfortable left-handed bounce shot. “He has the perfect contact for a person his measurement I’ve ever seen,” Tech assistant coach Dwane Morrison mentioned. “I don’t suppose he can take a nasty shot.”
A 3-time Tutorial All-America, he selected Tech due to its educational repute. As one of many nation’s prime prep seniors, he obtained a private letter from Invoice Bradley urging him to go to Princeton, a letter from Bob Cousy encouraging him to attend Boston Faculty, and a cellphone name previous to an NBA playoff recreation from John Havlicek praising the deserves of Ohio State.
Yunkus’ comfortable contact carried over to different areas. He constructed mannequin vehicles as a baby after which constructed a “T” bucket, a 1932 “T” roadster pickup from scratch when he was in school. He additionally constructed a scale mannequin of his house from balsa wooden and about 2,500 straight pins.
Nearly the identical variety of factors he scored at Georgia Tech.
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