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Bob Davies

Bob Davies (College basketball.  Born, Harrisburg, PA, Jan. 15, 1920; died, Hilton Head, SC, Apr. 22, 1990.)  Among the truly great basketball players of his era, Robert Edris Davies transferred from Franklin & Marshall to Seton Hall.  There, Davies starred for teams that won 54 of 59 games over three seasons (1939-42).  After World War II, he joined the Rochester (N.Y.) Royals of the National Basketball League and was the N.B.L.’s Most Valuable Player in his first pro season.  Seton Hall had dropped basketball for three years during the war and when the sport was revived in 1946, Davies was prevailed upon to organize and coach the team.  His team was 24-3 while he continued to star for the Royals.  Davies averaged 11.2 points per game (661 points in 59 games) at Seton Hall, a high average for the period.  He had a 10-year pro career (1945-55) with Rochester, including the 1951 championship team that defeated the Knicks in a seven-game final.  Davies had 7,771 career points as a pro (13.7 average) but it was his speed and ball-handling that made him a star.  His ability (with backcourt partner Bob Wanzer) to “freeze” most of the fourth quarter helped spur the introduction of the 24-second clock to the N.B.A. in 1954.

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