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Two who can fill it up
Bruce Newman
February 23, 1981
Kevin Magee and Mike Ferrara have this in common: they can score by the score
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February 23, 1981

Two Who Can Fill It Up

Kevin Magee and Mike Ferrara have this in common: they can score by the score

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Ferrara's career has come close to nodding off several times. He was pursued by only a few small Eastern colleges because his high school was so small. Very soon after Ferrara signed to play at Niagara, Frank Layden, the coach who had recruited him, resigned. After an unhappy year there, Ferrara tried to persuade such non-powerhouses as New Hampshire, Vermont and Assumption to give him a scholarship, but they all insisted he try out as a walk-on. Once Ferrara had enrolled at Colgate, which doesn't grant athletic scholarships, he set out to "show some people who doubted my ability that they made a big mistake."

Last week he had an opportunity to do just that and made the most of it as the Red Raiders' record went to 9-15. On Wednesday he scored 35 points in a 68-62 victory at Niagara, and on Saturday he had 34 in a 67-60 loss to Vermont. This 69-point barrage kept Ferrara in a virtual tie for second place in the national scoring race with South Carolina's Zam Fredrick. The Gamecock guard scored 75 points against Furman and William & Mary last week to give him a 27.666 average, just ahead of Ferrara's 27.636. Although his 47.2% shooting is modest by Magee's standard, Ferrara, who scores mainly from the outside, leads his team in rebounding and assists. He is also a menacing defensive player, having made 76 steals.

Those stats are nothing compared with Ferrara's scoring numbers. Like Magee, his distinction is based on his high average. As someone once said, when that One Great Scorer comes to mark against your name, it matters not if you won or lost, but whether you went for a bundle.

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