Morton, IL -- Ron Bontemps, one of the greatest players in Beloit College Basketball history, passed away on Saturday, May 13, at Rosewood Care Center in Peoria. He was 90.
Born in Taylorville, Illinois, he captained a basketball team which won national recognition for Beloit College. Following service in World War II, Bontemps entered Beloit in 1947 and quickly became a star player under Dolph Stanley, which established new records for the sport at Beloit. The most successful team in the program's history, they won six consecutive Midwest Conference titles, had 40 straight conference victories set national records of 141 points in one game and 86.6 points per game, and an NCAA record for field goal accuracy.
In his three years, Beloit won 76 games and lost only 13. Bontemps scored 1770 career points, a total that still ranks second all-time in Beloit history, and was ninth in the nation among individual scorers as a senior. To addition to his career point total he still ranks in the top five in made field goals and made free throws
Following graduation, Bontemps continued his playing career with the Peoria Caterpillars, helping to lead them to the AAU National Championship. He was also a member of the United States Basketball team at the 1952 Olympics in Finland, played in the East-West game at Madison Square Garden, and in 1954 was named Player of the Year by the Los Angeles TIMES. In 1958 his name was placed in the Hall of Fame of the Helms Foundation. He was elected to the Beloit College Athletic Hall of Honor in 1965.