Inducted February 15, 2003
Randy Towe was a four-year SMS basketball letterman and started for the Bruins of coach Bill Thomas part of Towe’s sophomore season and all of his last two years. Towe, a native of Nixa, Mo., totaled 474 points over his SMS career and his highest single season scoring average was 8.0 as a senior, but his specialty was the assist. He set a single season school record for assists with 184 as a junior and then completely erased that mark when he handed out a new record 241 as a senior. Towe’s senior season average of 9.3 assists a game remains easily the best single season assist average in SMS history. Towe wound up with 507 assists in 79 career SMS games, an assist total which remains the SMS career record nearly a quarter century after the completion of his playing days for the Bears, and he still owns 14 of the top 22 all-time single game assist totals on record at SMS. Towe finished with a career .758 free throw percentage and complemented his assist total with 138 career steals, a figure which still ranks sixth best on the SMS all-time list. Towe was a member of the first three SMS teams to play in newly-opened Hammons Student Center, and was a member of the Bears’ last MIAA championship team in 1977-78, a team which lost its first league game and then ran off 11 straight conference victories to win the title.