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Grinnell Athletics | January 6, 2014

Maher sets NCAA record for Grinnell

GRINNELL, Iowa -- Grinnell’s Patrick Maher broke the NCAA record for assists in a game with 37 as the Pioneers rolled past College of Faith 164-144 on Monday night at Darby Gymnasium.

Maher, who had 17 assists at intermission, broke the previous record of 34 set by former Pioneer and current associate head coach David N. Arseneault in 2007.

Aaron Levin erupted for a career-high 51 points for the Pioneers, who improved to 8-2 on the season. He hit 19 of 32 field goal tries. Teammate Luke Yeager added 37 points and Julian Marx had 22.

“This is something we’ve been discussing since the beginning of the season,” Maher said. “I wasn’t quite sure it was possible, but it was definitely something I wanted to go after.

“It was a total team effort. Aaron Levin, Luke Yeager and Cody Olson had phenomenal games. But above that, everyone played well. The spacing, timing and moving without the ball from the rest of my team was absolutely perfect and the reason I was able to reach this goal.”

Jack Taylor, who scored 109 points this season in Grinnell's 173-123 victory against Crossroads College, did not play due to a lower back injury,