basketball-men-d3 flag | December 16, 2013

Grinnell, Simpson set DIII free-throw mark

INDIANOLA, Iowa -- Grinnell and Simpson combined to break an NCAA Division III record in Saturday's 156-150 victory by the Pioneers.

The teams combined for 118 free-throw attempts, shattering the previous mark of 105 set by Earlham and Oberlin in 1992. Grinnell and Simpson made 92 of those shots, one shy of the Division III mark of 93 established by Grinnell and Beloit in 1998.

Grinnell finished the game 45 of 54 from the free-throw line and Simpson 47 of 64.

The overall NCAA record for free-throw attempts in a game is 142, set in 1997 by Southern Indiana and Northern State at the Division II level.

The NCAA leading scorer in all divisions, Grinnell's Jack Taylor, scored 47 points and set a school record by going 24-for-27 from the free-throw line to help the Pioneers (7-1) get their first win against Simpson since 2006. He came into the game averaging better than 44 points per game.

Simpson's Dillon Gretzky went 11-for-20 from the field and a perfect 9-for-9 from the free-throw line as the Storm (1-8) set school records for free-throws made (47) and attempted (64).

A total of six players fouled out, three from each team. Simpson's 150 points are the third most in school history and most since scoring 157 against Grinnell in 1995.