A two-time All-American, member of the 1970 NCAA championship team, and a 1,000-point scorer, Bruce Shively is one of the most decorated players in the history of the Philadelphia University men’s basketball program.
After playing in just four contests during his freshman season, Shively enjoyed an expanded role in the Rams’ lineup and averaged 16.0 points per game, 4.6 rebounds per game, and shot 49.6 percent from the field to earn a place on the All-Middle Atlantic Conference second team. Shively—who became a starter in mid-January—was able to play all 40 minutes of the team’s national championship game, a 76-65 victory over Tennessee State, even though he was hampered by an ankle injury.
In his final two seasons with the Rams, Shively continued his tremendous career, scoring 896 points and earning All-America recognition in 1971 and 1972. As the team captain in his senior season, Shively led the Rams to their fourth straight MAC championship and to the regional third-place game in the 1972 NCAA Tournament—where the team defeated Cheyney 86-82.
Shively is currently ranked 27th on the team’s all-time scoring list with 1,372 points.