March 13, 2009
BOSTON - Arguably the most prolific scorer in Boston University men's basketball history, Jim Hayes (SED `70) passed away on Wednesday, March 11, at the age of 61. Currently ranked third all-time in the program record book for career points with 1,679, Hayes established 15 different records in his three-year career at the time of his graduation, prompting the athletic department to honor him as the first Terrier in the program's history to have his number retired.
Born in Ithaca, N.Y., on Feb. 18, 1948, James T. Hayes joined the freshman squad in 1966-67 from St. Agnes Catholic High in Rockville Centre on Long Island and Cheshire Academy. A 6-foot-4 forward, he broke the freshman scoring record with a 26.2 average as a precursor to his great collegiate career at the varsity level.
Graduating in 1970 with a degree in physical education, Hayes finished his BU basketball career with a 24.3 scoring average, 9.6 rebounding average, .562 field goal percentage, 9.6 rebounding average, 565 free throws made and 760 free throw attempts during 69 game appearances. His career highs included 616 points in a season (25.7 ppg), 47 points in a game, 216 free throws in a season and 297 rebounds in a season (12.4 rpg).
A draft pick of the New York Nets of the old American Basketball Association, Hayes accumulated numerous honors and awards at Boston University. He was named New England "Sophomore of the Year" in 1968. His junior and senior years were followed by selection to the ECAC, United Press International, and Associated Press All-New England Teams.
He was also named to the USBWA District I All-Star team those two years as well as receiving the Lou Cohen Award for being the Most Valuable Player on the team. In addition, he received the Mickey Cochrane Memorial Award as Boston University's top student-athlete his junior year.
Hayes averaged 23.8 points as a sophomore, 25.7 points as a junior, and 23.7 points as a senior. He was among the nation's scoring and shooting leaders as the Terriers went 10-14 his sophomore year and 14-10 the following two years. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1982.