Grinnell guard scores 89 points
Lentsch breaks Division III single-game scoring record
ELSAH, Ill. -- Grinnell's Griffin Lentsch erupted for 89 points, an NCAA Division III record, as the Pioneers sailed past Principia 145-97 on Saturday.
Lentsch’s scoring output surpassed the previous DIII mark of 77 points set by former Grinnell star Jeff Clement in 1998.
Lentsch’s total is third all-time in all of NCAA, placing only behind the 112-point production by Clarence “Bevo” Francis of Rio Grande in 1954 and the 110-point output by Frank Selvy of Furman, also in 1954.
|113||II||Clarence Francis, RGU||1954|
|100||I||Frank Selvy, FU||1954|
|89||III||Griffin Lentsch GC||2011|
|85||I||Paul Arizin, VU||1949|
|84||II||Clarence Francis, RGU||1954|
|• NCAA record book|
Lentsch finished 27 of 55 from the field, including 15-for-33 from behind the 3-point line. The 15 treys rank ninth most in all of NCAA. He was 20 of 22 from the free-throw line -- also a Grinnell record.
“We knew Griffin had a chance to put up big numbers, but something like this is simply amazing,” Grinnell assistant coach David N. Arseneault said. “But it really was an entire team effort. The guys contributed in terms of setting screens and getting him the ball. It was incredible to watch. As Griffin scored more and more points, our bench got louder and louder.”
Lentsch, who had 40 points at halftime, is still in awe of the record.
“It’s still setting in,” he said. “I didn’t think I would ever score that many points.”
Lentsch said early on, he wasn’t necessarily shooting well. “I was trying some 3s, but some of them weren’t dropping so I started driving to the basket,” he said. “I figured if I could get some easier shots and also get to the free throw line, that would help me reset and get my shooting touch and confidence back.
“All the credit goes to my teammates, in all honesty,” Lentsch said. “They did such a great job of setting screens and getting me open. I never would have come remotely close to doing this without them.”
Patrick Maher and Jack Adams had 10 points each for Grinnell. Maher also dished out 13 assists and recorded six steals. Joe Rogers, Dominique Bellamy and Brian McManamy had five rebounds each.
Grinnell led 16-12 before going on a 13-4 run to break open the game. Lentsch had eight points during the spurt, including a pair of treys, while Matt Skelly had a 3-pointer and Adams a basket.
Grinnell led 75-50 at halftime and never looked back. Lentsch tied the DIII mark of 77 points with a free throw at the 4:37 mark, and broke it with another one at the 4:06 mark.