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Grady Wallace, top college basketball scorer in 1957

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Grady Wallace, a South Carolina basketball star who was the nation's leading scorer in 1957, died Thursday, the school said. He was 72.

``Grady's passing leaves a tremendous void in Gamecock basketball history," South Carolina head coach Dave Odom said. ``The last couple of years I've had the chance to get to know him as a man -- something I will always cherish.

``Grady will long be remembered by all his friends and the Gamecock faithful as a wonderful human being."

Mr. Wallace led all Division I scorers in 1957 with 906 points in 29 games -- a 31.2 points per game average.

He scored 54 points against Georgia that season -- a school record until John Roche had 56 against Furman in 1971.

Mr. Wallace's No. 42 jersey was the school's first jersey to be retired. He was inducted into the South Carolina Hall of Fame in 1968.

Besides the school record for single-season scoring average, total points, and most free throws made for 1957, Mr. Wallace holds the school record for career scoring average: 28 points per game.

Funeral details have not been released.

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