JJ Culver, a senior guard for Wayland Baptist University in Texas, scored 100 points in a game on Tuesday, becoming just the fourth college basketball player to reach the century mark.
Culver, the brother of Minnesota Timberwolves rookie guard Jarrett Culver, knocked down 34 of 62 shots — including 12 of 33 from beyond the arc — along with 20 of 27 from the free-throw line to lead the Pioneers over Southwestern Adventist University in a 124-60 victory in Plainview.
“We always script our first couple of plays, and J.J. scored on the first three or four,” Wayland Baptist coach Ty Harrelson said in a statement. “The guys realised he was hot and kept going to him. We figured as long as he’s taking good shots and shots out of our philosophy that he had a chance to do something special tonight.”
Culver, who notched Wayland’s first 42 points, finished the first half with 51, besting a 63-year-old school record set by Roy Young during the team’s 1955-56 season, university officials said. He also finished the game with nine rebounds and five steals.
Culver’s total is the second-highest in National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics history, eclipsed only by Clarence “Bevo” Francis, who dropped 113 for Rio Grande (Ohio) in 1954, according to Wayland Baptist.
With the feat, Culver became the first college hoopster to crack the century mark since Jack Taylor of Grinnell College poured in an NCAA record of 138 points in 2012. Taylor then had 109 points in another game for the Division III school in 2013.
“I’ve coached him really hard for four years, so I’m happy for him and proud of him,” Harrelson said of Culver, an NAIA All-American now averaging 31.6 points per game this season. “It couldn’t happen to a nicer kid and harder worker.”
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