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Ex-Thorobred to beinducted into Hall

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The big names in Sunday night's induction ceremony into the National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame in Kansas City will be Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and his coach, Jud Heathcote, Wayman Tisdale and longtime coach Gene Bartow.

Among the lesser-known names will be Travis Grant.

He's the answer to a trivia question most people get wrong: Who is the all-time leading scorer in college basketball?

The most common response? Pete Maravich.

But Grant, known as "The Machine" at Kentucky State, scored 378 more points than Pistol Pete, at the small, historically black teaching college in Frankfort, Ky., while Maravich caught the nation's eye with his magic act at Louisiana State.

Grant chose Kentucky State over bigger schools because of his relationship with Coach Lucias Mitchell.

The 6-foot-7 shooter led the Thorobreds in scoring as a freshman, to three straight NAIA national championships 1970-72 and became the first small-college player to win the Lapchick Trophy as college basketball's player of the year as a senior.

By the time he was done, Grant had scored 4,045 points, still the all-time, all-division NCAA record. His name dots in the NAIA tournament record book, too, including points in a career (518), in one tournament (213) and in a single game (60 against Minot State in 1972).