From reports by Steven Gaither and John Dell
Ask the average Winston-Salem State fan who owns the record for points in a game, and they'll quickly respond Earl Monroe. Once you finally convince them that Monroe doesn't own the honor, they'll surely tell you its Cleo Hill.
Again, they'd be wrong.
The man who sits atop the all-time record for points in a single game is William "Bill" English. English passed away on Thursday night according to English's daughter Karen Cary.
He was 68.
English was a member of the 1967 Winston-Salem State team that won the NCAA College Division title, becoming the first team from a historically black college to win an NCAA title. He was a key contributor to that team
The 6'6 forward scored 77 points against Fayetteville State on Feb. 19, 1968. He did it without a shot clock or a three-point line. English would go on to average 25 points and 11 rebounds that season, earning an invitation to try out for the US Olympic team in 1968. It was an opportunity that he would ultimately turn down.
“While he liked to talk about those 77 points he scored, he also loved to talk about his teammates and the time he had playing for Big House Gaines,” Cary said.
English was drafted by the Detroit Pistons after graduating from WSSU and later settled back in Winston-Salem. He worked as a part-time assistant at WSSU for 25 years, staying on after Gaines retired, and had a 30-year career with the recreation department, working at the Martin Luther King Jr. and 14th Street centers.
A member of the C.E. Gaines and John B. McLendon CIAA Halls of Fame, English averaged 19 points and eight rebounds per game for his career and stands fourth on the WSSU All-Time Scoring list with 2,117 career points.
English's services will be conducted at Albright Funeral Home in Apex, NC.