Johnnie Allen: One Last Look And Appreciation
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – In showing continued appreciation for his success on and off the court for the Wildcats, BCUathletics.com takes a final look and appreciation for the career of Johnnie Allen, the Bethune-Cookman men’s basketball all-time scoring leader who passed away last week. Here is a look at some of his accomplishments:
1) Allen’s debut in a Bethune-Cookman uniform was December 2, 1965, against CIAA-defending champion and (NCAA Division II Tournament participant) Norfolk State in the Georgia Invitational Tournament – then a prestigious HBCU basketball regular season event in Atlanta. He scored 38 points, but the Spartans won 109-103, hitting 31 free throws to the Wildcats’ 13.
2) With three games remaining in the 22-game regular season of 1965-66, Allen needed just three points to break Calvin Johnson’s single-season record of 592 points. One night after scoring 40 against Benedict, Allen hit 30 against Savannah State to break the record. Allen finished his FRESHMAN season scoring 759 points and averaging 27.1 points per game.
3) Allen shot 60.3 percent from the field his freshman season.
4) During the Johnnie Allen era, Bethune-Cookman scored 100 points or more 42 times. Number of 100-point games since 1969: 46.
5) Allen and fellow senior Melvin Jackson finished their Bethune-Cookman careers in 1969 with 79 victories, second only to Carl Fuller’s 82 for most wins by a Wildcat basketball player. Owen Harris, a freshman on the 1967-68 team when Allen was a junior, would depart in 1971 with 74. It would not be until Stanley Elliott in 2012 that a Bethune-Cookman player would register four winning seasons with 70 or more victories. Elliott, now a graduate assistant, holds the Division I record for player victories with 73.
6) Of the 135 recorded 30-point games by Bethune-Cookman players, Allen had 36 (27 percent of the total). Of the 36 other Wildcats to hit 30, only three – Warren Baker, Johnson and Vernon Taylor – did it more than 10 times.
7) Allen’s 3,067 career points still ranks him 10th on the NCAA’s all-time Division II scoring list. He battled for the national scoring title, but his 32.7 ppg in 31 games fell short to Mike Davis of Virginia Union, who posted an average of 36.3 points per game in 25 games. Allen finished fifth in the nation that senior year.
8) Allen scored 994 points in 31 games his senior year. Since then, only 20 Bethune-Cookman players have surpassed that in their careers. Of those 20, only Taylor, Baker, Aulcie Perry, Clifford Reed, Richard Toussaint, Reggie Cunningham, C.J. Reed and Adrien Coleman scored 1,000 points in two seasons – the latter five after the three-point shot was adapted in 1986.
9) At the 1968 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Tournament, Allen put 44 points on Florida A&M in the Wildcats’ 104-101 championship game victory that capped a three-game tournament mark of 110 points that still stands to this date.
10) While the focus of Allen’s career has been on his scoring, he is also Bethune-Cookman’s second-leading rebounder with 1,352, trailing only Fuller’s 1,685. Allen’s best season on the boards was 1967-6, where he averaged 12.9 rpg and edged Fuller by two boards (401-399) for the team rebounding title. Allen had 15 games with 15 or more rebounds, with his high of 26 coming against Edward Waters on January 17, 1968.