Scott Haffner

Scott Haffner (born February 2, 1966) is a retired American professional basketball player who graduated from Noblesville High School before playing collegiately at the University of Illinois and the University of Evansville.


Haffner signed with the Illinois Fighting Illini after high school but transferred to the University of Evansville to play for Coach Jim Crews. He holds the Aces all-time record for single game scoring with 65 points in a 109-83 win over Dayton on February 18th, 1989.

Haffner won Midwestern Collegiate Conference Player of the Year honors in 1988-89, helping to advance the purple aces to the second round of the Division I NCAA men’s basketball tournament for the only time in its history. The Aces beat Oregon State, and future NBA All-Star Gary Payton 94-90 before falling to Seton Hall 87-73.

65 Point Game

Haffner scored 65 points on February 18th, 1989 at Roberts Stadium leading the Aces to a win over Dayton.

Haffner started the game off hot scoring 14 in the first six minutes. He had 30 in the first half, including a jump shot at the buzzer that put Evansville ahead, 54-35.

He added 35 more points in the second half.

For the game he made 23 of 29 shots from the field, including 11 of 13 three-pointers. He was 8 for 8 from the foul line.

“That was the greatest offensive performance I’ve ever seen,” Evansville Coach Jim Crews said. “I saw Bill Walton hit 21 of 22 shots, but those were chip shots compared to what Scott was shooting.

Aces Career

Haffner was named To 52nd Indiana Basketball HOF Class

He now stands on the Aces all-time list fifth in scoring, fifth in scoring average, seventh in assists, second in career free throw percentage and fourth in steals.

Pro Career

Indiana and was selected by the Miami Heat in the 2nd round (45th overall) of the 1989 NBA Draft. Haffner, a 6’3″ (1.90 m) and 180 lb (81½ kg) point guard, played two years in the NBA, for the Heat during the 1989-90 season and for the Charlotte Hornets during the 1990-91 season. His best year as a pro came during his rookie year as a member of the Heat, appearing in 43 games (starting 6) and averaging 4.6 ppg.

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