Take that, Kobe Bryant.
Grinnell guard Griffin Lentsch scored 89 points in his team’s 145-97 victory over Principia to set a Division III scoring record on Saturday.
Of course, Bryant scored 81 points in a game against the Toronto Raptors in 2006 – the second-most in NBA history. For his part, Lentsch now has the third-best scoring game in NCAA history.
Clarence Francis of Division II Rio Grande scored 112 points in 1954, while Frank Selvy of Division I Furman netted 110 that same year (apparently 100 point games were really easy in the 1950s). Grinnell’s Jeff Clement previously held the DIII mark with 77 points in 1998.
Lentsch earned his prolific total by going 27-55 from the field, including 15-33 from 3-point-range. He made 20-of-22 free throws and had 40 points at halftime. Grinnell is famous for its high-octane offense offense but 89 points is ridiculous in any system.
“It’s still setting in,” Lentsch said, according to NCAA.com “I didn’t think I would ever score that many points.”
That makes a few of us.