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Mark Klein

Not only did Mark Klein lead the Malone College basketball team in scoring all four of his seasons from 1972 through '76, more significantly he helped establish a winning tradition that continues to this day. Prior to the early 1970s, the Pioneer cagers had only compiled three winning seasons. However, during Klein's career, in which he established 11 school records, Malone won 70 percent of its games, two Mid-Ohio Conference championships (1974, '75) and an NAIA District 22 championship (1975). Klein was the catalyst. The shooting guard netted 2,270 points, a record that lasted 16 years, for his career and averaged 20 points, four rebounds and 2.5 assists a game. Nicknamed "Money" due to his deadly shooting, Klein had a career single game high of 47 points and sank 54 percent of his field goal attempts and 80 percent of his free throws over his four seasons. During the1974-75 campaign he sank 26 consecutive field goals over a period of three games and 24 straight free throws over six games, which earned him recognition in Sports Illustrated's Faces in the Crowd section. However, Klein's most memorable game came when he scored 41 points to help upset the NAIA's number one ranked Kentucky State cagers in the 1975 national quarterfinals. Klein's performance helped him become the tournament's top scorer with a 29.7 average. The former Norton High graduate earned second team All-America in 1975 and was a three-time first team selection on both the All-Mid-Ohio Conference and the NAIA District 22 teams. Malone retired Klein's uniform number in 1977 and 11 years later inducted him into the Malone Athletic Hall of Fame.

Inducted 1999 | Basketball