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Philip Ness

Basketball (Inducted: 1990-91)


Philip  Ness

Philip Ness made a tremendous impact on the Lafayette basketball program in the mid-70's. He is still the most accurate shooter in the College's history, hitting a remarkable 59.4% of his shots for his career and 61.7% during his senior season. As a senior, Ness made the transition to center after three years at forward and led the Leopards to a 23-8 season against one of the toughest schedules in Lafayette history.

Ness is currently third on the all-time scoring list with 1,634 career points. The basketball team won four consecutive East Coast Conference West titles and had a cumulative record of 85-27 (.759) with Ness as the driving force. Twice he was named first-team All-East Coast Conference. In 1975, he led the Leopards to an appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.