Inducted February 19, 1994
Larry Lewis was a four-year basketball player at SMS from 1976 to 1980, and started for the Bears of Coach Bill Thomas through most of Lewis’s last three seasons. A native of Plato, MO, Lewis began his SMS career during 1976-77, and, despite being slowed by injuries, Lewis averaged 7.6 points a game in 16 games as the bears inaugurated Hammons Student Center. Lewis became a regular his sophomore year as he finished third on the team in scoring and gained all-MIAA conference honorable mention selection as he helped SMS to an 11-1 league mark and an MIAA title. In the post-season NCAA Division II regional tournament at Hammons, Lewis had his top season scoring effort as he collected 30 points, including the game-winning basket in the closing seconds as SMS edged Columbus College in the semifinals. Lewis went on to earn a spot on the regional all-tournament team. SMS closed with a 21-7 record in what was the Bears’ final MIAA championship season. A big guard who routinely turned in 40-minute-a-game playing performances, Lewis averaged 13.1 points a game during his sophomore season. Lewis was second on the SMS ballclub in scoring with a 13.8 effort as a junior in 1978-79, and was again an all-conference honorable mention selection as the Bears put together a 16-10 season. Lewis averaged 11.4 points a game his senior season and wound up with career totals of 1,154 points, 463 rebounds, 218 assists and 108 steals in 97 SMS games. Those numbers ranked him tied for eighth in points, sixth in assists, ninth in games played, and third in assists at the time his career ended.