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While his senior season of 1959-60 was a career year for James Darrow from a personal standpoint, his junior year was much more productive for the Falcons. One of the all-time great scorers in BG history, Darrow helped lead the Falcons to a share of the MAC championship in 1959, including a 76-63 win over Miami(OH) in a one-game playoff which earned Bowling Green it's first NCAA Tournament bid.

The following year, that memorable senior season, the Akron South grad recorded the three highest single game point totals in school history, first with a 46-point effort against Hillsdale, breaking Al Bianchi's school mark set in 1954. On January 13, Darrow broke his own record, scoring 52 points in an overtime win over Toledo. About a month and a half later, he'd match that total, this time in a 90-86 regulation win over Marshall. The 52-point games still stand as the most points scored in a game in Falcon history, and the 46-point effort remains as the sixth highest total ever. Only Howard Komives has scored more than 46 points in a game, all coming in a three week stretch during the 1963-64 season. His 29.4 points per game average not only won the MAC scoring title, but also landed him an alternate spot on the 1960 U.S. Olympic team and All-American honors.

When the dust had settled on Darrow's brilliant career, he had set 19 scoring records at Bowling Green, including a record 1,740 career points. That total still ranks fifth on BG's all-time scoring list, and he's second only to Komives among players who only played three years due to freshman eligibility rules at the time. His 24.2 career points per game average also ranks second only to Komives. He was named All-MAC each of his three years at BG, leading the team in scoring each year, and taking home Team MVP honors at the end of each season.

Darrow was drafted by the St. Louis Hawks in the fifth round of the 1960 NBA Draft. He played in five games for St. Louis in the 1961-62 season before becoming a high school basketball coach in Shelby, Michigan. He passed away on June 8, 1987 at the age of 49.

He was inducted to the BG Athletic Hall of Fame in 1965.
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